The Raptors enter their game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Friday five games below.500 and outside the playoff picture. Despite dealing with injuries to some of their greatest players this season, the team’s 22-27 record is still significantly worse than they had wanted to be at this stage.
There is a perception among league players that Toronto should be sellers at the NBA trade deadline on February 9 since the team is sputtering along in a season that could end with an appearance in the lottery. The Toronto Raptors might receive a respectable return for key players like Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakim, Gary Trent Jr., and OG Anunoby because of their high value throughout the league.
However, recent reports have stated that the team’s asking price for a few players is relatively high, and a current impressive offer was revealed in a new report that did not sway the front office.
OG Anunoby is one player that has drawn a lot of attention in the NBA. Throughout his first six seasons in the league, the 25-year-old defensive ace has steadily improved, and evaluators think he still has a lot of potential untapped. That is also something that the Toronto Raptors are fully aware of, which is why they are seeking a high price for him in a deal.
At least one team reportedly offered three first-round selections for Anunoby, according to NBA writer Bruce Arthur for the Toronto Star on Monday. Still, because he wasn’t traded, it’s clear it wasn’t enough compensation for the Raptors to part with the player, who still has two years left on his deal.
In contrast, the Utah Jazz acquired five future first-round picks from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a historic trade for three-time All-Star and standout defender Rudy Gobert in the summer. The Englishman’s career in the league has not yet resulted in All-Star recognition.
Given that OG Anunoby won’t become a free agent until 2025 and that the Toronto Raptors won’t sell him for anything less than what the Jazz received for Gobert, it is evident that the Raptors believe they have leverage in any potential transaction.