The Toronto Raptors have been one of the NBA's biggest disappointments in the 2022-23 season, limping to a 17-23 record.
And that reportedly has much of the league "paying close attention" to the Raptors, per TSN's Josh Lewenberg, and in particular to the talented wing trio of Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
According to that report, "the belief is that Barnes—the NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year—remains the Raptors' only true untouchable, though it would take a 'king's ransom,' as one source put it, for them to consider parting with Siakam or OG Anunoby."
The 21-year-old Barnes isn't going anywhere. While he hasn't taken a leap in year two, he's still averaging a very solid 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and a steal per game, shooting 44.8 percent from the field but just 29.1 percent from three.
If Barnes can ever improve his perimeter shooter, he'll be one of the NBA's most dynamic players. As it stands, his potential remains immense.
Siakam, 28, continues to be Toronto's top offensive option, averaging a team-high 25.7 points per game to go along with 8.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. If the Raptors ever decide to trade him he'd have plenty of suitors and it would signal a full rebuild around the team's younger players.
Anunoby, 25, would ostensibly be one of those players sticking around. He's averaging career highs in points (18.2 PPG), steals (2.3 SPG) and rebounds this season (6.0 RPG) while shooting a solid 34.9 percent from three and offering the team an excellent and long defender on the wing.
Given the talent the Raptors have on the roster—there's also explosive point guard Fred VanVleet and solid wing Gary Trent Jr.—the team's rough start is hard to fathom, especially after last year's playoff berth. And it has the Raptors reportedly figuring out what their next move will be.
"[They're] trying to figure sh-t out," one source told Lewenberg.
"They're keeping their options open," another one added.
Just don't expect Barnes to go anywhere. It's hard to see Siakam or Anunoby being moved either, unless the Raptors really start to bottom out before the NBA's Feb. 9 trade deadline.