Raptors news: Toronto eyeing Magic veteran guard Arron Afflalo
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Toronto Raptors eyeing Magic veteran guard Arron Afflalo

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The Toronto Raptors intend to make use of their open roster spot, recently eyeing Orlando Magic veteran guard/forward Arron Afflalo as the buyout market is expected to heat up in the following days, according to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg.

President Masai Ujiri had Afflalo during his time with the Denver Nuggets, and could make the most of his connections, as well as making the most of his link with the Magic connection with president/and former Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman.

The 32-year-old UCLA product isn’t the defender or spry athlete he once was, but still can play a good part as a defender and outside shooter — making 37 percent of his 3-pointers this season and proven a career 38.6 percent long-range shooter.

Afflalo is only getting a whisker under 13 minutes per game, but a team with championship hopes like the Raptors could use him to solidify their reserves and add some veteran leadership in the locker room.

Three of the Raptors’ small forwards are fairly inexperienced, and adding a veteran like Afflalo could give them much-needed insurance in case of an injury, or in hopes to give coach Dwane Casey a different look at his rotation.

Toronto didn’t make any moves during the trade deadline, but rather chose to be observant for the buyout market. The team will reportedly look to make the most of this open roster spot, a reason why they’ve turned down the possibility of signing Vince Carter, if he becomes available via buyout from the Sacramento Kings.