NBA Trade Rumors: Kelly Olynyk to Toronto Raptors?

Posted Sep 20, 2016 by Larry Seely
It has been a relatively quiet summer for the Toronto Raptors. With training camps about to start, this franchise is still searching for help in the paint as they lack a proven NBA center to backup starter Jonas Valanciunas.
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The front office did add seven-footer Jakob Poeltl and power forward Pascal Siakam with their two picks in the opening round. Former Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger was also added through free agency, but all three of these players haven't proven anything at this level of play and that is a cause for concern with the regular season just a few weeks away from starting.
A number of trade rumors have hit social media over the summer regarding this franchise, including possible trades for Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and even All Star center DeMarcus Cousins. However, the cost to get this type of talent is steep and would drain the depth this squad currently has on the bench.
The hope is Poeltl uses his large frame and becomes a solid rotation player in the paint for Toronto — and hopefully Sullinger has learned form his mistakes with the Celtics and comes ready to play this year. But the best option could be making a deal for a serviceable big man in the next few weeks, a move that would add some experience and take the pressure off the rookies.
Justin Gloria has suggested general manager Masai Ujiri pick up the phone and call Boston about a deal to acquire Kelly Olynyk, who happens to be from Toronto. The former Gonzaga star is more of an offensive threat, averaging nearly 10 points per game in his career, while playing just 20 minutes of action per game.
Adding an offensive threat in the paint off the bench would be a wise move and the fact he could average six to seven rebounds if given the minutes is a plus. This franchise has enjoyed some terrific success over the last three years and adding some help in the front court would only help increase their chance for success sin the 2016-17 NBA season and adding a hometown hero would generate a buzz with the fans, something that is needed after not adding much help over the off season.