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NBA Free Agency 2020 - 5 players Toronto Raptors could target this off-season

Evan Tiwari
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Modified 02 Nov 2020
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#3 Jeff Teague 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers

After spending a year as a backup to Trae Young at the Atlanta Hawks, Jeff Teague could now evaluate his options in the free agency.

The veteran point guard has had some durability concerns, including knee and ankle injuries that sidelined him for a number of games, but could provide the Toronto Raptors with solid experience as a reserve scorer. 

Jeff Teague hasn’t been on a competitive team since 2018, but an NBA trade to a team like the Toronto Raptors, who have the right talent, might help him reach his old potential. Given his low trade value, the Toronto Raptors could acquire Teague at the veteran's minimum.


#2 Tristan Thompson 

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards

After spending a considerable amount of time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson will be a free agent this off-season.

Thompson, who is a double-double threat on almost every night, averaged 12 points, 10.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game last season. An NBA championship winner with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, Tristan Thompson is athletic enough to defend on the perimeter and also strong enough to bother opposing big men in the paint.

If Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka choose to depart the Toronto Raptors, Tristan Thompson could be a perfect player to don the center role at the franchise. He won't be the cheapest option, but the Toronto Raptors could sign him on a contract worth $6-7 million.


#1 Aron Baynes

Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks
Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks

Aron Baynes has reinvented himself over the past three years to the point that he is now a high-volume shooter on the perimeter. Last season, he attempted 168 three-pointers, shooting a career-high 35.1% from that distance.

He averaged 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with the Phoenix Suns, which are both career-high numbers. The Toronto Raptors, who need a shooting big next season, may not look beyond Aron Baynes.

As a solid screener and prolific 3-point shooter, Baynes could replace Gasol, whom the Toronto Raptors are likely to lose as an unrestricted free agent this off-season.

Also read: NBA Trade Options: How a move for Maurice Harkless could help Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant shed some defensive workload.

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Published 02 Nov 2020
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