The Toronto Raptors are heading into a new era for their franchise. Long-time point guard, Kyle Lowry, is no longer with the franchise. He signed a deal with the Miami Heat and landed in South Beach via sign-and-trade this NBA offseason.
With Lowry no longer on the roster, it is time for other players to take over as the face of the franchise. Toronto has a lot of intriguing talent on their roster as they look to get back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam headline the new-look roster. OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes, who was selected No. 4 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, help make up the new core of the Raptors going forward.
With Barnes likely coming off the bench to begin his career, the other four players mentioned above and whoever Nick Nurse decides to use at center make up a very talented starting five. But, there could be more moves made before the 2021-22 season gets underway.
Toronto’s front office could decide to enter a wider-scaled rebuild, moving on from some of the older pieces of their core. The selection of Barnes would make it seem that moving one of their forwards, whether it is Anunoby or Siakam, seems likely at one point.
While nothing is imminent currently, Anunoby would certainly draw a lot of attention were he to be put on the trading block. Here are three teams who should consider a trade for the former Indiana product.