NBA Trade Deadline: Ideas for the Toronto Raptors

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NBA Trade Deadline: Ideas for the Toronto Raptors
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It's a totally different trade market this season compared to what we had only a year ago. A number of players have stepped up their games, but the fatigue of a laborious 66-game season is already catching up to many veterans.

The Toronto Raptors have been surprisingly competitive this season, but injuries and inconsistent play has forced them out of the playoff picture. The problem is that if Toronto isn't going to make the playoffs, it's only common sense to want them to be as bad as possible so they could secure the highest pick possible.

As the roster currently stands, it'll be hard to compete with the Charlottes and Washingtons of the league, as Dwane Casey has too many skilled veterans to his disposal. Linas Kleiza, Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa would be ideal role players on a contender, but on the rebuilding Raptors, they aren't really needed right now.

Luckily for Toronto, shaking up the roster and losing a few games, while trying to build cohesiveness, will help them out in the long run.

There are a number of great fits out there for Toro—some of which have quietly broken out this season, while a few teams just aren't using the talent on their rosters.

Here we'll take a look at some trades for Toronto, which could help both sides involved.

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