The Toronto Raptors are the one team that could move this trade deadline from a dud to shaking up the playoff race. There are 29 other GMs waiting to see what Massai Ujiri will do, and when they called, they've been told "the franchise will make a decision about being a buyer or seller - or standing pat - near deadline day," reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
If Toronto does decide to trade a player beyond the expected Gary Trent Jr., then the Knicks want to be at the front of the line for defensive wing O.G. Anunoby, Charania reports.
There would be a lot of teams in line for Anunoby, but he is a very Thibodeau-style player - an All-Defensive Team level wing stopper who can finish and is averaging 16.9 points per game - so you can see where the interest comes from. Anunoby also is just 25 and is locked in next season at $18.6 million. While the demand for wings in general is lower this trade season - point guards and centers are more in demand - a lot of teams could use a player the quality of Anunoby. Including the Knicks.
Getting him won't be cheap - two unprotected first-round picks (or lightly protected) with matching salary would be the price range.
All of that is moot if the Raptors don't make him available, which is what everyone is waiting to see.
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