Title: Raptors free agent wing targets: Veteran UFAs, possible RFAs, and some bargains
Date: October 17, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about potential wing targets for the Raptors in free agency.
Whether you’re ordering from Crown & Dragon or building an NBA roster, you can never have too many wings.
Even if you think that’s an oversimplification at times, the Toronto Raptors spent chunks of this past season playing with no point guard or no centre. We never saw a full, five-wing lineup beyond garbage time, but it felt on the table at times. Given the premium the Raptors place on skill and positional versatility, they’ll always kick the tires on a good deal for a reasonably promising wing.
The NBA Draft has intriguing developmental wings in both the first and second rounds, which is helpful, because it’s not a particularly exciting free agent wing market. (That might not end up the case though, as it’s also the most difficult position to gauge with many players owning options or on non-guaranteed deals. Exactly how those decisions play out is unknown.) Nine of the 11 players under contract for the Raptors for next season are wings or forwards, so it’s possible the Raptors don’t dabble here unless a trade takes place first.