Rumor: Raptors considered DeMar DeRozan for Andrew Wiggins trade last summer
Trade rumors are always interesting, even if they never materialize. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors discussed a deal involving DeMar DeRozan and Andrew Wiggins.
“The Raptors, I’m told, held exploratory discussions in the summer of 2017 with Minnesota on a deal that would have been headlined by DeRozan and the Timberwolves’ Canadian swingman Andrew Wiggins. No trade materialized, but it reaffirms the notion that not even DeRozan, at the peak of his career, is untouchable in Toronto.”
The Raptors built the most successful team in franchise history around DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Still, it’s no surprise the front office is open to discussing any possible trades. Neither DeRozan or Lowry were originally acquired by Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Toronto has failed to break through in the Eastern Conference during their tenure.
Even a failed trade indicates no one in Toronto is considered indispensable.
Another interesting aspect of this trade would be the Raptors investing in the Canadian, Andrew Wiggins. The 23-year-old has yet to completely live up to expectations. He’s a very good player but still far from All-Star consideration in the star-studded Western Conference. Still, he’s significantly younger than DeRozan with untapped potential, so the Raptors may have considered retooling around his potential.
Although this trade never came to fruition, it’s proof positive both of these teams have considered major trades and could mean they’ll consider another blockbuster in the future. The only question is, will they do it this time around?