The Toronto Raptors currently have five serviceable power forwards on their below-average Roster, and the consensus amongst fans is to ship someone away for other assets which will actually see playing time on the court.
The team will have Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Andrea Bargnani, and possibly Reggie Evans and Joey Dorsey for next season. All are players that are talented in their own way, and even though it's most logical to trade one of them, it's not easy an sacrifice to make.
The power forward position is the most talented position in the league so finding a good valued deal is harder than it may seem.
Amir Johnson has proved to be worth the large extension he signed last summer, and he did that despite being riddled with injury all season.
Ed Davis was Toronto's star rookie last season, and he proved to be a major steal after establishing himself as the third best rookie big man of the draft.
Davis has the potential to be the anchor to this teams defense, and an above average starter in the NBA. Andrea Bargnani was the first overall pick back in 2006, and there's no denying he has improved greatly despite not being great enough yet.
Bargnani has the talent to be a top 10 scorer in the NBA, and it would be a mistake to give up on him without seeing him play his natural position.
Though Reggie Evans and Joey Dorsey are free agents that could sign elsewhere this off season, the Raptors will still have an excess of talent at the four slot.
It would still be a waste of talent to force Johnson or Davis to play as a third-string forward. Every successful team needs a legitimate bench which will provide maximum production for minimum salary, and Dorsey offers just that.
Though Reggie Evans is almost certainly a goner, the Raptors should still look to trade him in a sign-and-trade which will at least net us something back.
Without a whole lot to do this summer I've already came up with some juicy trade ideas here, and here; but today we're going to explore creative trades involving each of our power forwards so that Toronto could have a more balanced Roster.