The Toronto Raptors re-signed DeMar DeRozan to a long-term deal on the first day of free agency. However, they might lose Bismack Biyombo and the latest NBA rumors suggest that they could acquire Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers to replace him.
The Raptors gave DeRozan a new five-year contract worth a whopping $139 million, the third-biggest in NBA history. On the other hand, they have a good chance to lose Biyombo to teams that have struck out on Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, maybe Timofey Mozgov, and possibly Al Horford.
According to Keith Pompey of Philly.com, the Raptors have inquired with the Sixers regarding Nerlens Noel. Toronto is reportedly willing to offer Terrence Ross plus another player for Noel, who the Raptors plan on being the backup center.
However, it should be noted that the 6-foot-11 center is in demand. The Minnesota Timberwolves have also shown interest in Noel and they are rumored to be offering Ricky Rubio. It seems like the Sixers are inclining with the T’Wolves offer since they let starting point guard Ish Smith sign with the Detroit Pistons.
Noel will be just become a backup with the Raptors while he will be the perfect complement to Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota. Toronto will have better choices in free agency for a backup center while their most glaring need is a starting power forward.
In addition, Brian Boake of Raptors Rupture thinks Toronto can re-sign Biyombo by trading Terrence Ross to free up cap space. It is suggested that Ross be traded for Nik Stauskas, a win-win situation for both teams. Ross will play for the man that drafted him while Stauskas plays for his hometown team.
Yes, Noel can play power forward but the Raptors need a stretch four. They have been linked with Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks. It is very interesting to see what the Hawks’ plans are after signing Howard.
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