Toronto Raptors: 4 Free Agents Who Could Come off the Bench Next Season
When the Raptors traded Leandro Barbosa back in March, they lost a player who could come off the bench and get them points when they needed them. After his departure, the Raptors were unable to fill the hole he left and are now in desperate need for a scorer/three-point shooter off the bench. Here are four guys they should target this offseason.
1. Jason Terry
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While Toronto isn’t a likely landing place for a player who just won a title last year, the Raptors have tons of cap space and Terry might not be against signing with Toronto if they overpay a bit. The 34-year-old combo guard is a terrific jump shooter and won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2009. He could help mentor some of the Raptors young players while bringing scoring and energy off the bench.
2. Randy Foye
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While capable of starting, Randy Foye is an undersized shooting guard and would come off the bench if he were to sign with Toronto. Foye is a career 36% three-point shooter and has averaged fewer than 10 points per game only once in his career. Foye is also an excellent free-throw shooter and the Raptors could use his scoring next year if they plan on reaching the postseason.
3. Steve Novak
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While not a guy who scores a lot of points, Jeff Van Gundy calls Novak the best shooter he has ever seen. When open, Novak can nail shots as he showed on April 17, burying eight three-pointers against the Celtics. Novak won’t average a ton of points with the Raptors, but he is one of the best three-point shooters in the league and is extremely dangerous when his shot is going.
4. Shannon Brown
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After leaving Los Angeles, Brown showed how badly the Lakers missed his scoring and energy off the bench. Brown shot 36% from the three-point line this year and averaged double-digit points per game for the first time in his career. Brown is not only an exciting player to watch, but a guy who can bring a team back into a ballgame when the starting lineup is struggling to score.