Raptors Reasonablists, Volume 1 Part VII: Live, trade deadline edition

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume 1 Part VII: Live, trade deadline edition
Date: February 23, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists. The latest edition stands as a de facto live-blog of the NBA trade deadline.

Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, lead NBA writer Koreen and regular contributor Murphy discuss hot-button issues surrounding the Raptors, but with an even-keeled approach in pursuit of finding reasonable middle ground. If we have faith in anything, it is that reasonable middle grounds lead to: a) workable long-term solutions; b) increased empathy and understanding for others; and c) more wins — at least more wins when they truly matter — probably. We hold these truths to be self-evident, and we hold these truths to be good truths.

Since it’s trade deadline day, Eric and Blake will be reasonablizing live throughout the day, updating this post every 30-to-60 minutes as the flow of the day dictates.

Murphy, 9 a.m.: Good morning, Eric, and happy trade deadline day! This is one of the most fun days on the NBA calendar, but it’s also one of the most unreasonable. This day needs us.

Off the top, let’s get ahead of it and reasonablize potential inaction: The Raptors already did their major shopping, acquiring Serge Ibaka for Terrence Ross and the lesser of their two 2017 first-round picks last Tuesday. You wrote a whole series of pieces (here, here, here and here) about it. They could use some roster balancing, but if Masai Ujiri’s Blackberry Passport doesn’t bear fruit today, it’s not as if the team stayed put.

They have assets, though, and the need for some depth and/or shooting on the wing. Jared Sullinger’s contract stands as a potential salary-matching piece, they own a first- and second-round pick in each draft in perpetuity, and the back end of the roster is lined with prospects of varying degrees of intrigue to push a deal along. The lack of sellers may drive prices up, so Ujiri and Jeff Weltman will face some difficult decisions at their margins.

So, the big question: Do you think anything will happen between now and 3 p.m. ET?

Also, what’s for breakfast?

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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