NBA Trade Rumors: Raptors Offered 3 Round 1 Picks for OG Anunoby by 'At Least 1 Team'

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 24, 2023

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 17: O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on January 17, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Raptors 130-122.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Raptors have reportedly received a massive trade offer for small forward O.G. Anunoby.

According to Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, at least one team is known to have offered the Raptors three first-round picks in exchange for Anunoby.

The 25-year-old Anunoby has spent his entire six-year NBA career in Toronto, and he is in the midst of his best statistical season across several key categories.

In 43 games this season, Anunoby is averaging a career-high 17.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, the latter of which leads the NBA. He is also putting up 2.0 assists and 1.9 three-pointers made per contest while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Entering the season, the Raptors were considered contenders in the Eastern Conference thanks to a deep and talented starting five comprised of Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr. and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes.

Rather than building on the 48-34 record and playoff appearance they achieved last season, the Raptors have seemingly been moving in the wrong direction in 2022-23.

At just 21-27, the Raptors are in 11th place in the East, meaning they wouldn't even be part of the postseason play-in tournament if the regular season ended today.

Because of their struggles, trade rumors and speculation have surrounded many of their top players this season, with Anunoby being among them.

Both VanVleet and Trent can become free agents at the end of this season if they decline their player options, while Anunoby and Siakam are only signed through next season, although Anunoby does have a player option for 2024-25.

Given that so many key players could walk for nothing in the near future, the time to sell may be now for the Raptors, as they could load up on significant assets and be properly stocked for a rebuild.

Arthur noted that if Anunoby is yielding offers for three first-round picks, Siakam could net even more. VanVleet and Trent would also likely bring at least one first-rounder apiece, if not more.

Building around Barnes and a bevy of draft picks may not be the worst option for Toronto, especially given how the pieces simply haven't meshed this season for whatever reason.

As for Anunoby, he could be an ideal fit for a contending team because of his elite perimeter defense and ability to contribute as a secondary or tertiary scorer.

The Raptors don't necessarily have to feel a sense of urgency to trade Anunoby yet since he is still under contract through at least next season, but given that his contract is part of the appeal, Toronto may never get a better offer for him than the ones it is fielding currently.