Toronto Raptors: 5 Potential Trades That Could Lead to Playoffs in 2013

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IJune 10, 2012

Toronto Raptors: 5 Potential Trades That Could Lead to Playoffs in 2013

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    Toronto Raptors fans are hoping the team will make the playoffs next year, and the quickest way to do that is via trade. Toronto could trade young, inexpensive assets to a team looking to create cap room in exchange for an elite scorer or a starting small forward.

    Here are five trades the Toronto Raptors should consider doing this summer if they want to play basketball past April in 2013.

Rudy Gay for Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and First-Round Pick

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    In this trade, the Raptors would send Jose Calderon, their first-round pick in this year’s draft and Ed Davis to Memphis for Rudy Gay.

    The Grizzlies would get an expiring contract in Calderon, a back-up big man in Ed Davi; and could draft Gay’s replacement with the pick they acquired.

    Toronto would get the small forward they desperately need—a guy who can score and rebound the basketball.

    This trade works in ESPN's Trade Machine.

Trevor Ariza for Trade Exception

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    The Raptors have yet to use the trade exception they acquired from Indiana when they traded Leandro Barbosa to the Pacers in March. Hornets GM Dell Demps said recently that he would consider moving Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza this summer to clear cap space.

    This trade helps clear space for New Orleans and it also gives Toronto a starting small forward. Ariza is a jack-off-all-trades type of player, doing whatever it takes for the team to win. 

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Andre Iguodala for Ed Davis, James Johnson and First-Round Pick

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    Andre Iguodala is one of the best on-ball defenders in the league and would immediately be a favorite of Coach Dwane Casey.

    The Raptors would have a small forward who could shut down Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce and the rest of the forwards in the Atlantic Division.

    Philadelphia would get young assets in Ed Davis and James Johnson along with the first round pick, which they could use on Austin Rivers. 

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Tyreke Evans for DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis

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    It’s clear that Tyreke Evans in Sacramento isn’t working out. After winning Rookie of the Year in 2010, Evans’ points per-game, assists per-game, and rebounds per-game have decreased the last two seasons. It’s time for a change in scenery.

    Evans would be a great shooting guard for Toronto for his ability to finish at the rim, and would play quality defense for Dwane Casey.

    By acquiring DeRozan and Davis, the Kings will have two young players to add to their young core of DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas. 

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Pau Gasol for Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon

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    After this year’s postseason, it’s hard to think that Pau Gasol will still be in a Laker uniform when training camp rolls around. However, Toronto would be gaining a tremendous asset by acquiring the Spanish Star.

    Gasol is one of the most skilled big men in the league and is an excellent passer for his size. He would fit nicely with Jonas Valanciunas upfront, giving the Raptors both scoring and rebounding at the power-forward position, something Andrea Bargnani can’t provide.

    Jose Calderon would give the Lakers a solid starting point guard and Bargnani would be a cheaper version of Gasol without the rebounding ability. 

    This trade works in ESPN's Trade Machine.