With just over a week before the NBA trade deadline, Toronto Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri confirmed what everyone has been speculating about, he’s looking for a power forward at the trade deadline.
“We understand that there is a window in the NBA now, but I think that patience sometimes matters, but we’ll see what comes up at the deadline,” Ujiri said on “The Starters” Wednesday in Toronto.
In response to team needs Ujiri said, “In the power forward position, we addressed the three, but unfortunately DeMarre Carroll got hurt and hopefully we get him back by the end of the season, but that power forward position has always been a position that we need to get better. We understand that so we’ll try and figure that out whether that’s now or in the summer.”
The list of potential trade targets is fairly long: Nets Thaddeus Young, Pelicans Ryan Anderson, Suns Markieff Morris and/or P.J. Tucker, Nuggets Kenneth Faried, and even the Hawks Al Horford. Then there will be potential buy out candidates like the Celtics David Lee to consider post trade deadline and how about the Raptors own NBA D-League All-Star Ronald Roberts Jr.?
The list is likely to get even longer as teams begin to accept the fact that what they’ve got isn’t working, changes are needed and the trade deadline is coming up fast.
In Toronto, a lot could hang on just how fast DeMarre Carroll can get back in action. Carroll is a combo forward and if he’s healthy enough to play big minutes, the best Raptors lineups this season have been some version of small ball. Sliding Carroll to the four with three guards and a big was always envisioned as this team’s best chance of taking things to another level, so Ujiri could, once again, opt for patience to see what he’s got already.