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Spurs: 1 undersell, 1 overpay, 1 just right-trade for OG Anunoby

OG Anunoby, Joshua Primo
OG Anunoby, Joshua Primo / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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OG Anunoby, Jakob Poeltl / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages

3. Spurs and Raptors both get what they want

Given their past rumored interest in a stout defensive center like Poeltl, it's obvious that a package for OG Anunoby needs to start with him. Plus, he's on an expiring contract and owed just $9.39 million next season, keeping Toronto's flexibility open after this season.

On top of Poeltl's interior presence and steadiness, the Raptors also get much-needed shooting in Doug McDermott as part of this package. Toronto hit just 34.9% of their threes this season, which had them at 20th in the league. Overall, they shot just 44.5% from the field -- the sixth-worst figure in the league.

Might Doug's $27.5 million still owed be an issue for the Raptors? Maybe so, but they'd at least be getting off the $13.65 they still need to pay Khem Birch, an amount he hasn't lived up to since signing that deal. To add a couple of kickers, this trade would give Toronto their only 1st round pick in next week's NBA Draft, as they already surrendered pick 20 to San Antonio in the Thaddeus Young trade.

Throw in a 2nd rounder from San Antonio next year, and that's about as close to a fair deal as the Raptors can expect to get from the team that once gave them the best one-year rental in sports history in Kawhi Leonard.

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From the Spurs' end, they get a talented scorer and another top-notch defender to join their growing group while not giving away too much of their future. Not a bad haul from either side.

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