That the Raptors need some kind of shake-up seems to be universally accepted at this point. There has been no indication that Bryan Colangelo is going to be dismissed. He also went on the record that Dwane Casey’s job is safe. So that only leaves trades as a way to shake things up.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for the Raptors, it has with Andrea Bargnani being ruled out indefinitely. This really hampers the Raptors trade options, as it was going to be tough to move a healthy Andrea Bargnani and impossible to move an injured one with a sprained right wrist and torn ligaments in his elbow.
This info was released while I was watching the Raptors lose their sixth straight to the Brooklyn Nets with only nine healthy players. Quincy Acy had to travel across country from Bakersfield to Toronto, making it to the arena less than an hour before game time.
Kyle Lowry is also out for the Raptors and is expected to be out 10 days with a partial tear to his right triceps muscle. Not that he is likely to be moved at this point, but he is hurt as well.
Add in Landry Fields who even if healthy would not be eligible to be traded at the moment. He will see a doctor to have a second follow up after he had ulnar transposition surgery on November 14th. No timetable has been set for his return.
There is one bit of good news, as Alan Anderson is expected to be back as soon as Friday vs. the Mavericks.
This listing of all the injury woes of the Raptors is to explain the team's challenges and argue that making a trade right at this moment might be unrealistic. So keep that in mind, if you see Andrea Bargnani in any of these trade ideas. In order for another team to even consider taking him, he will need to return and look healthy, before you likely even get a team to the table to consider trading for him.
It also makes the idea of packaging him with Jose Calderon something impossible to do at the moment. To make a big splash like a deal for a Pau Gasol, or even an Amare Stoudemire seems unlikey, both of whom also are dealing with injures. It really isn’t easy and the short answer is, I see it as unlikely that the Raptors can make a significant move anytime soon.