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With less than 48 hours left to the NBA’s trade deadline, reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicate that the Toronto Raptors are exploring deals on “multiple fronts” for Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell.
Saying things haven’t gone as planned this season for Toronto is an understatement. The Raptors are on a nine-game losing streak, sitting at 11th in the East with a record 17-26, and are set to face the Denver Nuggets tonight.
Time to move on?
Lowry and Powell are the two longest-tenured players on the Raptors’ roster and if they are both traded away before tomorrow’s trade deadline, it will truly represent the end of an era.
While it’s being reported that the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers have interest in trading for Lowry, there may even be a bigger market for Powell. The sixth-year wing is having a career year in terms of scoring and efficiency, and it just might be the right time for the Raptors to trade him to the highest bidder.
Building for the future?
The Raptors have already been linked to a couple of prime-aged, talented players on the market. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Brooklyn Nets may have interest in trading for Powell, while the Raptors have also reportedly shown interest in Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
Toronto is also in desperate need of some front-court depth and they have also been mentioned among the teams that are interested in trading for Sacramento Kings’ big man Richaun Holmes.
Whether Masai Ujiri and the Raptors decide to make a push for the playoffs or build for the future, it sounds like they will have suitors for either direction that the team decides to take.
But with the Raptors’ playoff hopes dwindling, it might be time to face the inevitable and look to the future. This isn’t 2019 anymore and the Raptors may have to start the rebuild once again.