The front office used both of its first round picks in June to add depth to the front court, which was lacking in size and experience, but rookies are unreliable and help could be needed if they want to make another run in the east.
Several players have been linked to the franchise in trade rumors, including Denver’s power forward Kenneth Faried. The 26-year-old has been on the trade table for the last twelve months as the Nuggets look to add some help to their struggling back court.
The latest from Mobile and Apps has suggested the two sides get together to help each other with their needs. The proposed deal would have Faried headed north of the border and backup shooting guard Terrance Ross moving to the mile high city.
Toronto had issues last year with depth in the front court and losing Bismack Biyombo in free agency this summer was a blow. Rookies Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam both have plenty of upside and should help this team in the future, but the window is closing on this franchise, especially with star point guard Kyle Lowry entering the back half of his career, meaning something needs to be done now if the Raptors want any chance of winning an NBA title.
Jared Sullinger was added over the summer, but its clear after just two preseason games that his defensive transition speed isn’t great. He can rebound and add some scoring punch, but Faried is a definite upgrade at the position and it would allow Sullinger to come off the bench, adding the depth they need at power forward and allowing the youngsters to play this season without pressure.