With an established core around Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and now Scottie Barnes, some NBA insiders suggest a substantial upgrade to the roster might come at the cost of the rising soon-to-be-25-year-old.
"Among the potential trade partners for an Anunoby deal, Portland is consistently mentioned as a possibility, along with Denver and San Antonio," said Action Network's Matt Moore in a recent intel column. A 6-7 forward, Anonuby averaged career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game last season for Toronto and has been shooting 38% from three over the last three seasons.
Pairing his 17.1 points per game with his increasingly effective defense, it's easy to see why there will be a market for OG if Toronto wants to play ball, and it'll take a decent package to lure their front office enough to pull the trigger.
When I first reached out to an established Raptors writer and fan about what the Spurs could offer for someone of Anunoby's caliber, he wasn't sold on there being any pieces worthwhile. I'm not sure I fully agree with that. In an effort to be thorough though, let's look at possible trade scenarios from the lens of each fanbase to land on something that could be close to ideal for both sides.
Let's begin with a proposal Spurs fans would love that I don't believe would be quite enough to be worth it for the Raptors.