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RAPTORS BLOG: Could the Dallas Mavericks help with Toronto’s lack of depth?

Some trading scenarios still make sense

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So this Luka Doncic is pretty good, huh?


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How many players would you choose before him to start a team at the moment?

Giannis Antetokounmpo? This is the most difficult call.

Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes or Cade Cunningham? As intriguing as these rookies are, the answer is probably no. Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball? No. Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, Trae Young, Jayson Tatum, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Karl-Anthony Towns? Not me.

I think Luka has to be the answer, although he’ll probably never be more than good defensively and will have to mature before he’s truly a winning player.

He’s just that good, as the Raptors discovered once again on Wednesday night. Even though Toronto has a number of elite-level defenders to throw at Doncic, has he ever looked really messed up, or has he just done what he wants?


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He’s actually been slowed down a bit in the past by players like OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, but not this time around.

That’s probably partly because those guys were just really tired, given the unsustainable workload they’ve been given, and because Toronto has been playing a lot of games lately. At some point, something is going to have to give. Nick Nurse will either have to play more guys until Gary Trent is ready to go or the front office will have to find some help for him.

A game after making 18 shots, Barnes was down to 9, his fewest in five games.

Back in Dallas and a potential helper for a second, don’t consider this a rumor, but still think a deal with the Mavericks makes sense for everyone. Say Dragic and Svi Mykhailiuk for Reggie Bullock and Dwight Powell or Maxi Kleber. The Raptors would take future pay, but could still turn down Kleber’s option for next year (although I think he’s a useful player) and Bullock’s senior year isn’t entirely guaranteed. Maybe Dallas would throw out a second-round pick or two for the problem.


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Of course, I wouldn’t expect anything until the Raptors know they can’t do better than something like this at the trade deadline.


DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan is going to have to do even more with Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball sidelined indefinitely. DeRozan scored 30 goals and had 7 assists in a win over Cleveland


chris butcher

Boucher has been solid for weeks now and it continued against Dallas. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in 34 minutes.

With Khem Birch out, Boucher will likely continue to play big minutes.


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