Raptors News

DeMar DeRozan Fined $15K; Raptors In Market for Power Forward?

A couple of news items from Thursday evening sees DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson come up.

DeMar DeRozan was fined $15K for his Flagrant 2 foul on Bojan Bogdanovic, as per Yahoo sports:

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for making excessive contact with Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic.

Here’s the Vine:

Totally deserved.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders is reporting that the Raptors are in hunt for a power forward (link here – caution: auto-playing video):

The Raptors are one of several teams sniffing around for a roster upgrade, specifically at the power forward spot. A few names continue to surface around league sources when talking about Toronto, the biggest being Indiana’s David West, the next is Chicago’s Taj Gibson, then Denver’s Kenneth Faried and then there is a long list of B and C tier names that Toronto might consider at the deadline if all else fails.

The Raptors are not offering much and that’s likely why there has been so little traction. There has been a long running joke among hoop heads that when Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls, you should say you are busy as you are about to get fleeced.

Some things to note about this:

  • Masai Ujiri is extremely tight-lipped about potential moves
  • There are no quotes in this article
  • It sounds like pure speculation based on our lack of depth in the frontline

The assets of some value that the Raptors could possibly afford to part with are Terrence Ross, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, and Lou Wiliams. You could argue that the two players with the most value happen to have so due to their contract situations (A. Johnson, Williams), and those two are currently integral parts of the lineup.

I can believe that the Raptors are open to trade Ross, but I just don’t think that’ll fetch you something like Taj Gibson, which is what the article was hinting at. Also, it’s unlikely Ujiri will throw in first-round picks to sweeten the deal, so my guess is that this is complete BS and the roster we have is the roster that sticks.

Still, though, here’s the ESPN trade machine and here are the Raptors salaries. Go nuts.


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