The two biggest names on the trade market this offseason were Damian Lillard and James Harden.
Longtime Portland Trail Blazer, Lillard waited months before his eventual trade to the Milwaukee Bucks. That left Harden as the last domino to fall.
Early Tuesday morning, Harden’s trade finally came to fruition. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, his preferred destination. Harden’s fourth team in four years.
Harden and former Toronto Raptor, PJ Tucker are Clippers. With Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin and draft compensation heading to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Seemingly, all the star-caliber trades are done for the time being. However, it seems that O.G. Anunoby may be the next name to watch depending on Toronto’s season:
Some of the early chatter on names to watch with Philadelphia: Zach LaVine and OG Anunoby. LaVine is the kind of scorer/ball handler the Sixers could use. Anunoby is the versatile defender Philly needs against Boston/MIL in the playoffs.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) October 31, 2023
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also talked about O.G. Anunoby on The UnSportsmanLike podcast:
“Keep an eye on Toronto, see what they’re going to do as they get deeper into the season. What direction is that organization gonna go? O.G. Anunoby has been a target for a lot of people in the league. I would expect that might be the case again. So that’s certainly a place to… pic.twitter.com/AU6IadOpC2
— . (@GTJGotNext) October 31, 2023
The Raptors currently find themselves 1-3. Granted it’s only been four games, but it is not an ideal start.
With Anunoby and Pascal Siakam entering the final year of their contracts, Toronto has to make a decision on the two players. Both were involved heavily in rumors this past offseason.
If the Raptors continue to struggle, these rumors will only continue to heat up. As one of the best 3-and-D wings, Anunoby should garner a sizeable return.
Raptors drop third game in a row with loss to rebuilding Trail Blazers
Toronto has come out of the gates struggling, falling to 1-3 after Monday’s game.
The Raptors lost their third game in a row to the rebuilding Portland Trail Blazers 99-91.
Shooting struggles have been apparent, they only made four three-pointers and shot 13.8% from distance in this one.
It will not get any easier as the Raptors play the Bucks on Nov. 1.
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