Toronto knows Fred VanVleet is a gamer, but the things he’s supposed do be doing, he hasn’t done so far in the playoffs. Do his similarities to Kyle Lowry make him a liability? On February 8th, the Toronto Raptors made their final all-in move of the season. Trading Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, a 2024 second round pick, and Delon Wright to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol.
At the time, the biggest concern around the move was how big of an upgrade Gasol was on Valanciunas. But as the post-season has played on, the biggest question maybe should have been: did Masai Ujiri deal the wrong point guard?
Would the Toronto Raptors be a better playoff team with Wright and Gasol, instead of Fred VanVleet and the Spanish big man?
Now, caveats must be laid. I have no idea if VanVleet intrigued the Grizzlies, or if they just valued Wright more highly, or even if Fred’s larger contract made the trade math too difficult.
This also isn’t meant as a slight to VanVleet — a hard-nosed defender, a solid shooter, and an adept play-maker. (Remember, it wasn’t so long ago we were saying he was the …
Author: ConorMcCreery / Raptors HQ