The Toronto Raptors have struck a deal hours before the NBA Trade Deadline.
With a rebuild in mind Masai Ujiri made an interesting trade.
Toronto is sending Kira Lewis, Otto Porter Jr. and a 2024 first-round pick to the Utah Jazz for Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji, per Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Utah Jazz are finalizing a trade to send C Kelly Olynyk and guard Ochai Agbaji to the Toronto Raptors for Kira Lewis, Otto Porter and a 2024 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/H14MTbDi3U
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2024
The Raptors are getting back 23-year-old Agbaji who is a former 14th overall pick and fellow Canadian Olynk who is on an expiring deal.
The first-round pick Toronto is sending to Utah is the worst of OKC/LAC/HOU/UTA. It will be a late first-rounder (currently 29th).
While this is confusing to many that the rebuilding Raptors would give up a first-round pick, acquiring Agbaji is a big get for the Raptors.
According to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg, the Raptors have liked him for a while.
Also Olynk gives the Raptors some much needed frontcourt depth right now. He can fit in immediately around players like Scottie Barnes, RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley.
Olynyk will be the 9th Canadian to play for Toronto.
Kira Lewis Jr. was acquired in the blockbuster trade for Pascal Siakam and Otto Porter Jr. could not stay healthy for Toronto during his tenure.
There will likely be more moves coming for Toronto. A name that continues to be on the rumor mill is Bruce Brown Jr. The Raptors are reportedly seeking a first-round pick for him.
Trade deadline continues on
The trade deadline is set to expire at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Raptors don’t appear to be done dealing with a few hours left to make a trade.
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