The Top Five Free Agents The Toronto Raptors Should Target

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJune 16, 2009

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With another disappointing and underachieving season behind them, the Toronto Raptors and General Manager Bryan Colangelo are now looking to overhaul the Raptors roster once again.

In a year that was ravished by injuries, new faces and inconsistent play, the Raptors team is looking to improve on yet another 33-win season.

The Raptors have already begun with the roster overhaul in trading three point specialist Jason Kapono to the Philadephia 76ers for journeyman big man Reggie Evans. Evans provides much needed toughness and rebounding to a very soft Raptors team.

The draft is in roughly one week (June 25th @ 8 p.m.), and the Raptors will continue to re-tool and find another potential all-star via the NBA Draft.

But with that said, most teams try to add or improve their roster by Free Agent pickups.

Here is a concise list of five players who the Raptors should look into signing. All of them can serve a purpose with the team.

1) SF/PF Shawn Marion

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The Matrix came to the Raptors after the Jermaine O'Neal trade was completed. Marion provided the Raptors with a small forward that they have lacked since the days of Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Jalen Rose.

Marion's price tag is around $8-10 million a season, but with the 9-4 record the Raptors finished the season with, Marion does make this team better, and I think he fits the team perfectly.

2) PF Antonio McDyess

Another one of Bryan Colangelo's boys, McDyess is a veteran big who can provide winning experience and a lethal mid range jumper. McDyess was rumored to be coming to Toronto back when Morris Peterson was a Raptor, but I digress. McDyess could also help mentor Chris Bosh a little bit, since their games are fairly similar.

A solid pickup off the bench, looking for around $3-6 million.

3) SF Trevor Ariza

One of the more underrated players on the Lakers roster, Ariza had a breakout campaign. Ariza brings athleticism and great defense to any team he'll sign with. He would be an excellent add for the Raptors without question.

Probably looking for around $6-9 million a year after the superb postseason.

4) PF/C Drew Gooden

Again, with Reggie Evans on the roster, the Raptors may not have room for Gooden, but he's a surefire 12 points per game, eight rebounds per game player who can shoot at a fairly high percentage. He can spell Bosh or Bargnani and not lose a lot on either end of the court.

He will be looking for around $3-6 million a year.

5) SF Matt Barnes

The last of my five, Barnes is another familiar face to Bryan Colangelo having played in Phoenix, where Colangelo used to general manage the club. Barnes is a low maintenance player who comes to play every night. He rebounds well for his size and takes over the spot vacated by Joey Graham, who is about as inconsistent as they come. Would immediately become one of Toronto's best perimeter defenders

Barnes will be looking for $3-6 million a year.


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