This Raptors-Knicks trade sends OG Anunoby to New York

This Raptors-Knicks trade sends OG Anunoby to New York

The Toronto Raptors have plenty of potential trade chips they can use to rebuild this team and get a ton of picks for the future, and OG Anunoby could be on the move if an aggressive team wants to snatch him away. There are few two-way forwards in the league who ate better than him. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

10 Things to consider about the Leafs and the trade deadline

10 Things to consider about the Leafs and the trade deadline

We are less than five weeks from the trade deadline. It feels like we are at least halfway through the nonsense that starts around the beginning of the calendar year and so far has yielded just a Ryan Merkley/Matt Nieto trade. It’s an interesting time that never lives up to the hype that goes into it, but the trade deadline is the last barrier between Leafs fans and confronting the existential dread that is playoff time, so admittedly I try to enjoy it even knowing that it will be underwhelming.
There are a lot of quantitative elements that go into the trade deadline and throwing mass quantities of numbers at you about random players on random lottery teams is fun, but today I thought I’d just ramble on about 10 qualitative things that warrant a bit of discussion heading into the trade deadline as well.
1. If a player’s numbers say they are playing badly, trust the numbers
There is always a belief that the player that you want the Leafs to acquire who is having a down year is having that down year because they are playing on a bad team. There is one major flaw in this way of thinking and that’s the obvious, “what if the player I like i …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors trading multiple picks for Jakob Poeltl would be a big mistake

Raptors trading multiple picks for Jakob Poeltl would be a big mistake

The NBA trade deadline is a couple of weeks away, and the Toronto Raptors are one of the teams who have been in the rumor mill regularly. The Raptors must make a decision to either go all in to make the playoffs or tank the season to get Scoot Henderson or Victor Wembanyama, potentially. Toronto […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Raptors discussing 3-team trade with eyes on Jakob Poeltl

Raptors discussing 3-team trade with eyes on Jakob Poeltl

The Toronto Raptors are starting to kick their trade pursuits into high gear, as Gary Trent Jr. is being shopped all around the league. While he could be traded away to avoid having to pay him a gigantic contract in free agency, Trent is arguably having the best season of his career. Trent has averaged […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Let’s find the Blue Jays a lefty masher to platoon with Daulton Varsho

With the trade for Daulton Varsho, the BlueJays have solidified their main outfield group headed into the 2023 season. But that said, an issue that has been raised is who will fill the fourth outfielder spot, and what kind of player should be targeted to fill the position. 

Varsho is a big left-handed bat who plays very well defensively, but his weakness is hitting left-handed pitching. Toronto’s fourth outfielder, ideally, would be somebody who can mash lefty pitching while also fulfilling the organization’s goal of being able to prevent runs with strong defence.
Let’s go through some names who would be good fits…

Andrew McCutchen
The 2013 National League MVP is entering his 14th season in the big league and he’s well past his prime by this point.
His 0.3 WAR rating according to FanGraphs last season was the second-lowest of his career, with his worst coming during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. McCutchen slashed a .237/.316/.384 line for the Brewers over 580 plate appearances in 2022 and his value was dropped largely because of poor defence.
While I don’t worry too much about his defence if he were to be a part-time DH, I don’t think it would be the best use for the composition of the team, given the Blue Jays will use the spot for George Springer and Alejandro Kirk. In fact, last season for the Brewers, McCutchen was primarily used as a DH, playing sparingly in both corner outfielder spots and posting less-than-stellar defensive numbers. 
On the flip side, McCutchen would definitely provide many benefits to any …

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Author: Ryan Snodgrass / Blue Jays Nation

Horvat doesn’t want to talk about his future, the holiday roster freeze, and the Leafs waivers situation: Rumours

Horvat doesn’t want to talk about his future, the holiday roster freeze, and the Leafs waivers situation: Rumours

The Canucks “we’re not looking to trade Bo Horvat” t-shirt has people asking a lot of questions already answered by their shirt…

Statement from Bo Horvat through the team pic.twitter.com/QfHqDe8UYJ
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 13, 2022

That certainly has all the signs of a player being available for trade and while Horvat will not be cheap to acquire and he most definitely will be expensive to retain beyond this season, Horvat is an intriguing option for the Leafs as well as pretty much any other playoff bound team this season. Horvat’s $5.5M contract this season is a bargain considering he has 20 goals, 29 points in 28 games so far this year. If the Canucks are willing to retain on that $5.5M, they should easily be able to gather the typical 1st round pick, prospect, and young roster player package typically associated with this caliber of player. It’s just a matter of whether or not that payment is worth it for a team that won’t have a chance at re-signing Horvat.
Elliotte Friedman reported that Horvat was offered a contract with an AAV in the $7M range from the Canucks. This is definitely on the lower side of what he’d get on the open market and a long term deal around $8.5M AAV seems far more likely. How many teams can plan for that when there is uncertainty around th …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

East contender trading for Jae Crowder would be awful for Raptors

East contender trading for Jae Crowder would be awful for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors should be perusing the trade market right now, as it is never too early for Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster to be looking at every potential avenue with which they can improve this team. A Jae Crowder trade appears imminent, and Toronto would be wise to ask around about his availability. Crowder […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Drake fuels Raptors’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rumors with IG post

Drake fuels Raptors’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rumors with IG post

The Toronto Raptors missed out on big trade names like Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell during the 2022-23 offseason, but there is still one big name left on the market that Masai Ujiri could chase. The Raptors haven’t given up on adding Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. While the Thunder are allegedly trying to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Even though the prospect of a Kevin Durant trade is looking less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors are keeping their feelers extended. The sticking point in trade negotiations may end up being reigning Rookie of the Year and Raptors fan favorite Scottie Barnes, who has long been considered an immovable piece of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors must be afraid of Celtics in Kevin Durant trade talks

Raptors must be afraid of Celtics in Kevin Durant trade talks

Even though a Kevin Durant trade remains fantastical given the mountain of picks and players needed, the Toronto Raptors are one of just a handful of teams with the requisite pieces needed to jigsaw together a respectable offer. However, another contender in the division appears to have joined the fray. The Boston Celtics are fresh […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ