As the trade deadline approaches, teams are going to make some decisions, some bigger than others.
Of all the teams around the league looking for an overall midseason rebuild, the Toronto Raptors emerge as the most likely candidate.
At 19-24, the Raptors sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, an underachievement after their 48-34 record last season, which earned them a 5th seed in the playoffs.
On the latest episode of The CJ McCollum Show, the former Portland Trail Blazers guard hinted at what could happen with the Raptors at the trade deadline.
“There are issues that some players in the team are not happy, and I can’t talk about that, but I think they will move somebody,” McCollum said.
McCollum was teammates with Gary Trent Jr. in Portland, so that could be his source. However, as the president of the NBA Players Association, McCollum has strong ties to many people in the league, so it is unclear where this information came from.
The Raptors could be a huge player at the deadline if they decide to part ways with some key players.
Trading Pascal Siakam, Fred Van Vleet and Scotty Barnes would be difficult mid-season, but players like OG Anunoby and Trent Jr. have been rumored throughout the season. Veteran Thaddeus Young could also be an attractive play for contending teams.
If the Raptors do make a move, McCollum might be the first to say “I told you so.”