After ESPN reported the Toronto Raptors offered free agent Steve Nash a 3 year, $36 million contract, it gave Raptor fans hope for next year. However, they will need to do more than just add Nash to play postseason basketball next season.
Here are five free agents they should consider targeting to help reach that goal.
After losing Leandro Barbosa to the Indiana Pacers in March, the Raptors seriously lacked scoring off the bench for the remainder of the season. They will need a backup shooting guard who can score, so Randy Foye would be a great guy to target.
Foye averaged 11 points per game for the Los Angeles Clippers last year in limited playing time and is also a career 37 percent three-point shooter. With plenty of cap room, the Raptors could offer Foye a contract that few teams could match.
As was reported Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers offered free agent center Roy Hibbert a maximum contract. This means Portland’s main focus is on acquiring a big man and not resigning their young forward.
Batum would fit perfectly in Toronto. He is an athletic long-armed small forward who can attack the basket and shoot threes.
If Nash decided to sign with the Raptors, there would be few free agents in the league who would play better with the Canadian point guard.
Even at 38 years old, Camby is still a reliable rebounder and shot blocker. Last year, the big man grabbed nine rebounds a game to go along with 1.4 blocks per game.
While he is not a great scorer, the Raptors should have enough shooters on the floor that playing Camby won’t put them at a disadvantage on offense.
With Andrea Bargnani out for half the season, the Raptors didn’t have a player they could rely on to consistently knock down three-point shots. Novak is one of the best shooters in the league and can hit threes in bunches.
It’s not too often that a team’s leading scorer doesn’t start a single game, but Lou Williams is a special kind of player. Williams can shoot the three, but can also get to the line at will, making him very difficult to cover for many teams' second units.
Williams is able to play both guard positions, making him one of the most valuable bench players in the league. The Raptors shouldn't overpay to get Williams as they already have Jerryd Bayless, but if he comes at a fair price, they should definitely consider signing him.