Report: Raptors will look to add talent ahead of trade deadline
The Toronto Raptors are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-14. After losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green this past offseason, most pundits thought the Raptors would struggle this season.
However, Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry — when healthy — have led Toronto steadily and the franchise may be looking to add more talent ahead of the February trade deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Raptors are 2.5 games out of 2nd place and will look to add talent at the trade deadline, per Woj pic.twitter.com/nbmJ73pQlT
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 18, 2020
Lowry has appeared in 30 games for the Raptors this season. The All-Star is averaging 20.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.
With Leonard gone, the Raptors will go as far as Lowry and Siakam can take them. Siakam, who just returned to the lineup, is putting up 24.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 games. The Raptors could look to add a third dynamic scorer next to Lowry and Siakam, though it’s unknown at this time who Toronto is targeting via trade talks.
The Raptors have a bunch of draft picks at their disposal to use in trades. Masai Ujiri is one of the most aggressive execs in the NBA and he will surely do whatever it takes to bolster Toronto’s roster as long as the deal makes sense.