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Old 06-19-2014, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Raptors B/R: Draft day trades the Raptors should consider

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Toronto Raptors receive: F Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: C Jonas Valanciunas or G Terrence Ross, F Amir Johnson, F John Salmons, No. 11 pick in 2014, New York Knicks' first round pick in 2016


What Love really wants is a sweet taste of some postseason basketball, something that's eluded him his entire career. His best bet would be to demand a trade to an Eastern Conference squad where hovering near the top of the standings is a far easier task.

Cue the Toronto Raptors.

It would take a king's random to get him, but in professional sports, you must give something to get something back.

The best-case scenario would have Ujiri dealing only one of Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross. The price of both may be a tad steep. You'd prefer Ross to be the one traded over Valanciunas because the idea of a Love/Valanciunas frontcourt is just too good not to try.

As much as fans love Amir Johnson, his recklessness on the court and somewhat stubborn (yet extremely appreciated) attitude towards playing through injuries will eventually catch up with him. His heart, passion and charm have made him a darling in the greater Toronto Area, but his ankles and knees don't run on happy thoughts and loud cheers.

It would be a shame to see him wearing anything but red and white, but Love is such an obvious upgrade at the position that it would be hard to think twice.
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Toronto Raptors receive: F Kenneth Faried, G/F Wilson Chandler, G Nate Robinson, No. 11 pick in 2014

Denver Nuggets receive: F Amir Johnson, G Greivis Vasquez, F John Salmons, No. 20 pick in 2014


This trade was first presented in a Mock Draft by the writers over at Hardwood Paroxysm.

Kenneth Faried will forever be known in Raptor folklore as the man who got posterized by Ross in the 2014 NBA Dunk of the Year, according to NBA.com. You know what can help erase that memory? Faried joining the team and being the double-double machine (27 in 2013-14) he's capable of being.

His defensive numbers (DRtg of 106) are slightly lower than Johnson's (DRtg of 104), and the scoring and rebounding numbers tilt in Faried's favor as well.


With Wilson Chandler, you can bring Ross off the bench and have him be your de facto sixth man who's capable of scoring in bursts as he learns to be a lockdown defender. Chandler would start at small forward and be a nice set piece until Ross develops further. He wouldn't need many looks on offense, which would provide more scoring opportunities for DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, whom the Raptors hope to re-sign.

The inclusion of Greivis Vasquez would be a tough pill to swallow. Not only does he hold a high opinion of the city, but one of the Raptors' biggest strengths is their depth at point guard. Vasquez averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists off the bench in 61 games. He finished third in the league in assists with 9.0 just one year prior as a member of the New Orleans Hornets. Nate Robinson (10.4 points and 2.5 assists) is more of a scorer than a distributor, which may offset the team balance.

John Salmons is as good as gone. Only $1 million of his $7 million salary in 2014-15 is guaranteed, per Basketball Insiders. He's simply in this deal to make it work financially, although the Nuggets have expressed their desire to add more veteran talent to their roster, per Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post:
Draft Day Trades Toronto Raptors Should Consider | Bleacher Report
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