Friday afternoon, Marc Stein reported that the Toronto Raptors had an interest in re-acquiring Jakob Poeltl from the San Antonio Spurs. It's an interesting thought, considering Toronto is where the Austrian big man began his NBA career.
No doubt the Raptors are looking to shore up their frontcourt with playoff aspirations growing, and Poeltl likely provides everything they'd be looking for in a starting center. Jakob's presence around the rim and capability in pick-and-rolls would be of major value to any team.
This season, Poeltl is grabbing a career-best 8.9 rebounds per contest, nearly half of which (4.0) is coming on the offensive end of the floor. He's scoring 12.1 points and dishing out 2.7 assists per game, both career-highs, while only seeing a slight increase in minutes from last year. And per usual, he's been a monster as a rim protector.
Why then, would the Spurs be open to parting ways with him? One reason may be depth at the center position. With Zach Collins waiting to return from injury and Jock Landale seeing an increased role lately, the Spurs would have the pieces to potentially replace Poeltl's production. With that being said, what does a potential trade with the Raptors end up looking like?