3. Gary Trent Jr. - Toronto Raptors
It's safe to say the Raptors' in-season trade for Gary Trent Jr. paid off. In fact, it might've paid off a little too well, but I'll get into that more later. In 17 games with Toronto, Trent averaged a career-high in points (16.2), assists (1.3), and steals (1.1) for a season.
Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg encapsulated just how well the 22-year-old was playing up north last month:
Why might Trent's stellar play be an issue for them this summer? My FanSided colleague, Jason Mills, broke it down in detail, but in short, he might've just created a financial logjam for Toronto. Gary's current salary of $1.6 million is clearly a bargain for a career 39.3 percent 3-point shooter who averaged 15.3 points per game this season.
Although Toronto will be able to match any offer sheets from suitors, the reason they sent Norman Powell away for Rodney Hood and Trent Jr. was largely for financial freedom. If the Spurs bid an amount too pricey for them, they might let him go despite his strong play.
Gary doesn't just resemble current Spur Patty Mills physically. He also has a better career mark from distance, is four inches taller, and offers more defensive resistance than the Aussie. As long as they don't go crazy with their offer, the Spurs can more than make up for the loss of Patty if they're able to poach him away,