The Toronto Raptors continued their downward slide, as outdated buddy Norman Powell took them down as a member of the Portland Path Blazers. Although Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had been within the lineup, the story of the night was as soon as once more was Aron Baynes and the dearth of depth on the heart place.
Baynes, thrust again into the lineup as soon as once more, continued to point out what a downgrade he’s from Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. Whereas new additions Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood confirmed they’ll play some protection and hit a number of buckets, it’s nothing however ash within the arms of a lineup that was obliterated by Jusuf Nurkic, Robert Covington, and Enes Kanter on the glass.
Whereas a few of Toronto’s rivals within the Jap Convention, particularly the Brooklyn Nets, have been very energetic on the buyout market, a Toronto workforce caught in Tampa for the season and mired on the backside of the standings isn’t a really enticing vacation spot. Regardless of that reality, Nurse shall be trying laborious at potential acquisitions.
Nurse stated that there’ll “hopefully” be some extra bigs on the market, however tried to tamp down the joy only a tad by saying that he’ll “maintain rolling” with Baynes if the entrance workplace doesn’t land a substitute.
Who can the Toronto Raptors signal?
The Brooklyn Nets have been cornering the market on bought-out huge males, as they already added Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge on short-term offers for the playoff push. Gorgui Dieng landed with the San Antonio Spurs regardless of his connection to Masai Ujiri. The Raptors won’t have the ability to land one among them, however they shouldn’t be discouraged.
Al Horford might get purchased out by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, who’ve already chosen to shelf him in favor of taking part in a youthful heart in Moses Brown. If the Raptors need a doubtlessly simpler choice, the Sacramento Kings would possibly purchase out Hassan Whiteside as they choose to make use of Richaun Holmes because the starter.
If the Raptors aren’t going to tank, they should discover somebody that may exchange Baynes within the rotation, as each Raptors fan has been pushed to the purpose of absolute disgust watching both Baynes fall on his face or Pascal Siakam wrestle to play heart.
It may be robust to persuade bought-out gamers that may definitely have choices to return to Toronto, however the likelihood to return to the Raptors and begin immediately must be engaging for gamers in want of a statistical bump.