The Toronto Raptors are one of the NBA teams looking to get active before the trade deadline on Thursday, Feb. 18, according to reports. The Canadian squad are reportedly interested in improving their frontline and looking at the availability of Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried or Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young.
Marc Stein reported on the possibility that Toronto lands either Young or Faried as “exploratory” talks have started among the teams involved.
Toronto is in the trade rumor mill lately with reports that the Raptors are also interested in controversial forward Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns last week.
It is not known if the Nets or Nuggets will bite on any of the Raptors’ offers but both Brooklyn and Denver are struggling this season and not expected to make the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Brooklyn has 14 wins against 40 losses this season or 14th place in the Eastern Conference while Denver has 22 wins against 32 losses or 11th place in the Western Conference.
Faried averages 12.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game and Young averages 15.1 points and9.1 rebounds this season.
Both Faried and Young appear to address some of the Raptors’ problems this season and either will make improve the team. It is not clear which current Raptors are on the trading block but the core of the team include Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas.
Toronto is in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 35-17 record but they want to improve the team to help them against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers if the teams meet in the playoffs.
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