The February 21, 2013 trade deadline is quickly approaching, and the Toronto Raptors need to seriously consider bringing in a player that could affect their future in a positive way.
Starting the 2012-13 season off going 4-19 is less than ideal, but a 10-5 record since has the team sitting with a 14-24 record and in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Tenth place doesn't sound too great, but they are only five and a half games back from the last playoff spot, and that's great when you consider their poor start.
There is no need to take the team apart and look to rebuild, they've pretty much been in rebuilding mode for the past five years. The key for this team is to bring in one or two players that can grow with Toronto's younger players.
Is it possible for this year's team to make a run at a spot in the postseason? It absolutely is.
But it's not what the Raptors' priority should be.
Their priority should be to look at the next three or four years and what moves would be most beneficial to their future.
Let's get right into it, here's a look at some trades that would help Toronto's future.