The Toronto Raptors came out of the trade deadline with two moves in the ledger. Dennis Schroder and Thad Young were sent to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the recently waived Spencer Dinwiddie. The Utah Jazz picked up Otto Porter Jr, Kira Lewis Jr, and a very 2024 first-round pick in exchange for Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji.
With picks to spare, Toronto seized the chance to build a more robust long-term rotation. Olynyk's efficiency, passing, and veteran mentorship all play into why the Raptors want to keep him, and the front office is very high on what a 2022 lottery pick in Agbaji can do with Toronto.
While the Raptors' success will be determined by how well Scottie Barnes meshes with Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett in the starting lineup, and the Raptors aren't trying to make a playoff push with this move, Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster both came to the correct conclusion their long-term depth chart needed a facelift.
Updated Toronto Raptors depth chart after Kelly Olynyk, Ochai Agbaji trade
PG: Immanuel Quickley, Bruce Brown, Markquis Nowell (Two-Way)
SG: Gary Trent Jr, Gradey Dick, Javon Freeman-Liberty (Two-Way)
SF: RJ Barrett, Ochai Agbaji, Garrett Temple
PF: Scottie Barnes, Jordan Nwora, Chris Boucher, Jalen McDaniels
C: Jakob Poeltl, Kelly Olynyk, Jontay Porter (Two-Way)
The backup point guard role is still very much unsettled, but it seems very likely that some combination of Brown and Barnes will be what ultimately gets the team throughout the remainder of the season. If Darko Rajakovic wants to use a 10-man rotation, Boucher and Nwora could fight it out.
The Raptors have two open roster spots, and they need to fill at least one of them within the next two weeks converting Porter's contract into a proper NBA deal could check one of those boxes, and Bobby Webster already said the team is looking at all possible avenues to fill that spot.
Both Agbaji and Olynyk should have locked in rotation roles as a two-way wing and finishing big man. Toronto is banking on another center with great passing skills to help keep the offense rolling while also believing in what Agbaji can do as a stopper on the wing and a shooter from deep.
With Trent surviving the deadline, the Raptors' starting lineup will remain unchanged. It remains to be seen if Agbaji and Olynyk will make this team more viable in this year or the next.