The Toronto Raptors have a plan in place that will allow them to compete next year. Bryan Colangelo has poised this team to draft a big name and pursue big names in free agency, all while the current team continues to show progress and improvement.
Still, there's a lot more to be done. Every season a number of small trades and pickups turn out to provide great value for teams around the league, and some even help form contenders. A great example of this could be the Grizzlies' acquisition of Marresse Speights for a second-round pick. Despite being a practical nobody before the trade, Speights provided the Grizzlies with a solid interior presence, averaging nine points and under seven rebounds. Perhaps the most lopsided pickup all season, the Knicks claiming Jeremy Lin of waivers is another great example.
The Toronto Raptors have looked pretty solid when healthy this season, and the addition of two talented rookies could definitely help them reach the playoffs, but Toronto can't take any more chances. This fan base has endured enough losing and needs to see a winning team for next year. This means the Raptors' management needs to make haste when pursuing free agents, and they should also pursue as many low-risk, high-reward options as possible.
Luckily for them, there are many talented players in the league that leave you asking, "what are they doing on that team?" and Toronto could see some serious payoff by pursuing these players.
With no further ado, here we'll take a look at some of those hidden gems and how Toronto could obtain them!