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For the first time in many years, the Toronto Raptors are a legitimate contender but don’t have many players to give in return for a huge trade by the trading deadline on Thursday. However, getting a savvy veteran after the deadline passes might be the way to go.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri should let the trade deadline wait out and see if there are any veterans available some time in March. They are a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference this year and don’ t want to forsake the future for a short-term fix. This is the right move for the Raptors, as championship teams of the past have done this to add a piece to the puzzle.
Trading in the NBA can become very difficult if the player they want to trade doesn’t make enough money to bring back a substantial player they want. The Raptors don’t have a 2018 first-round draft pick to make it work and the league rules won’t allow them to trade their 2019 first-round pick.
The Raptors haven’t been this close to challenging for the Eastern Conference and having a legitimate shot of reaching the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a team in disarray and are struggling. The Boston Celtics seem like the only obstacle in the way of the Raptors achieving the big prize and they’re suffering from injuries.
It would be in the best interest of the Raptors to pursue those bargain basement veterans at a cheap price.
A player such as Marco Belinelli, Channing Frye or even a Joe Johnson (if he can get out of his huge contract) would be a steal for the Raptors.
The league has taken notice of the Raptors success this season, so any veteran would welcome the chance to be added to the puzzle for the stretch run.