It goes like this; The Raptors cannot currently compete with the Cavs for the Eastern Conference.
They can’t, sorry not sorry Raptor Fans.
But luckily they might have another All-Star join the cast.
Trade rumors yesterday involving Paul Millsap’s name came up a couple of days ago, and today I heard about a possible Trade to the Raptors.
For some reason 3 team trades are popular in the NBA in the last few years, but for old-time sake lets look at a couple 2 team trades between the Hawks and the Raptors for Millsap.
To mention first, Paul Millsap has stated he will most likely opt out of his current contract after the season, and will be looking to sign elsewhere. Regardless of if he’s traded or not, he’ll most likely opt out just to get more money from the market, but if the Hawks don’t trade him, they risk losing him with nothing in return.
DeMarre Carroll has a fat 14.2 million dollar contract that the Raps would love to get off the books. But I didn’t include a trade possibility with him because he’s injured really, he doesn’t play in back to backs, he hasn’t looked right in over a year, and I don’t see the Hawks taking a chance with him.
Two relatively young good pieces the Hawks could build with are Jared Sullinger and Terrence Ross. Ross has proved he can score the ball, and even plays a great 6th man role currently for the Raps.
Sullinger is in his 4th year and when healthy can be a decent low post scorer, even though he’s a little small for a Center.
The Hawks could be deeper and maybe even be a better team because of it.
Staying with Ross for obvious potential/talent regions, I also brought in Patrick Patterson as a possibility. Patterson is a stretch 4 and has shown flashes of potential, I don’t think he’ll ever be an All-star but he can be a good addition to a squad like the Hawks.
Either trade really benefits the Raps more because I don’t think they’re gonna give up an All-star for Millsap because of his contract situation and when you get an All-Star without giving up much your team becomes more talented.
If you need proof just ask KD and the Dubs.