Written by Adam Corsair (@AdamCorsair)
OK, here we go! Today is the NBA Trade Deadline and I, like most - if not all - of you, will be constantly refreshing Twitter in hopes for the latest Woj Bomb or Sham Slam (I think I just made that up?) to drop. Moreover, we’re looking for anything Raptors’ related with the hope that a move will be made to improve the team.
The anxiety is real.
I’ll be posting updates regarding any rumors right here, so feel free to bookmark and refresh as the day goes on if you want centralized Raptors’ related news updates without having to sift through the muck of Twitter.
Here’s what we’ve got, so far:
3:14 p.m.: NOT SO FAST!
Sources: Toronto is trading Greg Monroe and a second-round pick to Brooklyn.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
This leaves the Raptors with FIVE open spots. There’s gotta be more to this. Stay tuned.
3:00 p.m.: Aaaaannnnnnddddd that’s it.
Depending on how you view it, Toronto made a splash at the Trade Deadline, sending out it’s longest tenured player in Jonas Valanciunas along with Delon Wright and CJ Miles to Memphis for Marc Gasol.
Milwaukee and Philly got better, whereas the Celtics and Pacers stayed pat, probably looking more towards the buy-out market. Which, of course, Toronto may be aggressive in as well.
It was fun!
2:06 p.m.: WHHHHOOOAAA!!!!
I go on lunch-break to the gym to do shoulders and all of this happens while I’m out?!?! My god!
Let’s start from the beginning.
New Orleans-Milwaukee trade will include Pistons and send multiple second-road picks to the Pelicans for Mirotic, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
The Bucks got better. Like, a lot better. It’s going to be really tough for the Raptors to compete with them with all of these shooters on the team, plus Giannis being able to drive it in the lane.
At this point, Raptors’ fans were practically begging for something to be done.
And then this…
Toronto is planning to send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Milles and a 2024 second-round pick to the the Grizzlies for Gasol, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Look, this is pretty big, and I know there’s a little bit of sticker shock with how much the Raptors shelled out. However, consider that Delon was going to be an RFA next season and it was doubtful the Raptors were going to extend an offer sheet. Miles was always a trade chip and isn’t a huge shock that he’s gone. The question you have to ask is whether or not you believe that Marc Gasol is better than JV?
He’s certainly more versatile than JV, and he’s under contract for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent. My main concern is whether or not he’ll be able to gel with Lowry in the pick & roll like JV was able to. It’s certainly going to be an adjustment, but with less than an hour left in the deadline, I don’t think Masai is done.
I’ll post a more in depth article regarding Toronto & Gasol later today.
Keep it locked!
11:25 a.m.: Not exclusively Raptors related, but somewhat - For those of you that wanted a trade the involved Bradley Beal going to Toronto, it looks like it’s not happening.
Now, all of this could change as the Wizards organization said the same thing regarding Otto Porter, Jr. and, well… yeah, he was traded. But, for what it’d take for Toronto to acquire him, it might be best to not get in on the hype.
Hopefully there’s more to come.
10:25 a.m.: OK, so maybe the whole “Raptors are out on AD” thing I mentioned earlier is inaccurate? I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t be reading too much into this, but……
Now, besides the grammatical error within the tweet, I’m not sure how much credibility this has. If it is credible, what exactly does “inquiring” mean? Literally, Bobby and/or Masai could’ve just called Demps and were like “Yo, what’s the status on your trade demands for AD again?” Nothing substantial.
Of course, the counterpoint is that it could be that they called NOLA and said “Let’s make something happen.”
We don’t know, but the wheels are spinning.
8:53 a.m.: Alright, so the Lowry for Conley conversation has officially been put to bed.
To to the extent there was any traction on a deal that would involve Lowry/Conley there is none now, I am told.— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) February 7, 2019
7:56 a.m.: According to Marc Stein, the Raptors presently have no desire to part with either Pascal Siakam and OG Anonuby. Moreover, they are not pursuing a trade with Memphis for Mike Conley and - at least for now - do not plan to trade Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors are not presently pursuing Memphis' Mike Conley, according to one league source, while pessimism is emanating from Detroit about the Pistons meeting the Grizzlies' asking price for Conley. Twenty hours to go before the trade deadline for things to re-ignite— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 6, 2019
This would mean that any rumors regarding the Raptors and Anthony Davis were either short-lived or straight up false. If Masai and Bobby aren’t willing to part with either of those players, it’s safe to say that a BIG splash move is also off the table. If I was a betting man, I’d guess that the Raptors are looking to marginally improve their squad.
But I’ve been wrong before.
I’m not going to rehash my thoughts on Anthony Davis here, so if you want my opinion, feel free to listen (AND SUBSCRIBE! AND RATE! AND REVIEW!) to the latest episode of the South of the 6ix Podcast. Connor Chambers of Toronto Sports Views and I talk about it - rather emotionally - at length.
More to come. Stay tuned!
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