Raptors expressed interest in Jalen McDaniels of Charlotte

January 18, 2023

The Toronto Raptors still need to abandon the roster construction for Vision 6-9.


Jalen McDaniels, a 6-foot-9 forward for the Charlotte Hornets, has caught the team’s attention.


As another adaptable wing with slightly better three-point shooting than some of the Raptors’ other bench players, McDaniels would be an intriguing match in Toronto. This season, he’s shooting 46.1% from the field and 35.8% from three-point range, averaging 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.


According to Fischer, the soon-to-be 25-year-old is scheduled to enter unrestricted free agency this summer and is expected to demand around $10 million each season. With Pascal Siakam and O.G., that number should be more accessible for Toronto to handle going forward. Anunoby is expected to enter the market after the upcoming season.


Uncertainty surrounds Charlotte’s demands for McDaniels, who has started 17 of his 45 games this year. With the second-worst record in the NBA to this point, the Hornets are probably searching for potential assets to help them develop around LaMelo Ball.


Except for the second-round pick in 2024, Toronto has access to all its first-round choices this year.

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