3. Raptors search for FVV replacement
The Toronto Raptors lost Fred VanVleet in free agency this summer, but have not waived the white flag. Pascal Siakam is entering the final year of his contract, and OG Anunoby has a player option next summer. The Raptors must lock them in long-term or look to move on. It is a crossroads season in Toronto, but the team has chosen to contend thus far.
Do the Raptors get aggressive and trade more draft capital for Brogdon? They signed Dennis Schroder, but need another ball-handler and shot-creator to round out their roster. Fans hope for point Scottie Barnes, but adding a secondary creator like Brogdon could do wonders for their offense.
Portland would have zero interest in Chris Boucher and Thaddeus Young. They are involved strictly to make the math work but could provide leadership to the young Blazers for however long they stay in Rip City. Getting another first-round pick is the prize for Portland here.
Convincing the Raptors to give one up could be difficult. Massai Ujiri and company have not picked a lane. Are they contending or rebuilding? Toronto missed the playoffs last season and has not made a massive splash this summer. Until they decide which way to go, do not expect to see the Raptors offering up first-round picks.