The Toronto Raptors are expected to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference this season. They are currently 23-11, three wins below the reigning NBA champions. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry continues to prove that they’re one of best backcourt duos in the league.
However, some people believe that the Raptors should consider improving their frontcourt, especially the power forward position. As the February deadline approaches, the Raptors could search for quality players available on the trade market.
Here are the four power forwards the Raptors could target before the February deadline:
Paul Millsap continues to be part of various rumors since the recent offseason. In order to re-sign Al Horford, the Hawks tried to trade Millsap to create enough salary cap space. Unfortunately, Horford didn’t return to Atlanta and joined the Boston Celtics.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN believes that the Hawks are still considering to trade Paul Millsap. He is set to become a free agent next summer where the Hawks could lose him for nothing. If he becomes available on the market, the Toronto Raptors should consider adding him to their team.
Millsap will undeniably boost the Raptors frontcourt. In 32 games, he averaged 17.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. The Hawks tried to challenge the Cavaliers for two consecutive playoffs but failed to win at least one game. However, with the Raptors, Millsap could finally achieve his goal of dethroning the Cavaliers as the reigning Eastern Conference champions.
In the recent offseason, the Orlando Magic traded for Serge Ibaka to boost their defense. They also signed Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Green, creating a logjam in their frontcourt. So far, the Magic struggled this season and projected to miss the playoffs if they don’t do anything to improve their roster.
Ibaka is set to become a free agent next summer where the Magic could lose him for nothing. The Raptors could trade for Ibaka if the Magic make him available before the February deadline. Ibaka could help the Raptors on both ends, giving them a floor spacer and a good defender.
DeMarcus Cousins played with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in the 2016 Rio Olympics. So far, he served as the Kings’ leader, establishing incredible numbers every game. However, if the Kings still fail to end their playoff drought this season, “Boogie” is expected to leave in 2018.
Some NBA executive believed that now is the best time to trade Cousins. There is no doubt that he could help the Raptors dominate the Eastern Conference once they succeeded to acquire him. However, trading for Cousins will not be easy as the Toronto Raptors need to pay a big price to bring him to their team.
According to SB Nation, Danilo Gallinari could also be an option for the Toronto Raptors. Gallinari is also set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Since he came to Denver in 2011, their only biggest accomplishment was reaching the first round of the playoffs.
With their current performance, the Nuggets remain questionable to enter the playoffs. Gallinari will surely receive interest from other NBA teams next summer. Trading him now will the best option for the Nuggets than losing him for nothing.
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