WHO THE RAPTORS SHOULD TARGET BEFORE THE NBA TRADE DEADLINE

Title: WHO THE RAPTORS SHOULD TARGET BEFORE THE NBA TRADE DEADLINE
Date: February 17, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about potential follow-up deals the Raptors could make after their Serge Ibaka acquisition.

The trade call was made, the deal official pending physicals, when Toronto Raptors president spoke to media on Tuesday. Having just acquired Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick—a major acquisition that helps re-establish a struggling outfit in the Eastern Conference hierarchy—the conversation, naturally, shifted to what’s next. Ibaka is nice, sure, but the Raptors could still do more, right?

“As long as I still have a phone,” Ujiri said.

It is perhaps greedy to ask for another big splash so soon after landing a piece the team has coveted for a long time. But there are reasons the Raptors got that deal done 10 days before the deadline rather than waiting for Feb. 23. The primary one is to give Ibaka the eight-day All-Star break to get acclimated with his surroundings, the playbook, and the terminology, to be sure. There’s also the window it keeps open for the Raptors to make a smaller follow-up move to re-balance the roster in a sense.

Continue reading at Vice.

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