The Toronto Raptors were two wins away from making the NBA Finals last season, but they failed to defeat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals.
Heading into the new season, the Raptors still pale in comparison to the Cavaliers. But with moves before the deadline, the Raptors could improve their chances of dethroning King James and the Cavaliers.
The Raptors were recently linked to a possible trade for Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler. In a trade scenario from Nugg Love, the Raptors could get Chandler in exchange for Terence Ross. Is it a fair deal?
Why the Deal Makes Sense for The Toronto Raptors
Ross is a deadly scorer for the Raptors off the bench, but he has been consistently inconsistent to the dismay of Toronto fans. Trading Ross for Chandler makes sense for the Raptors since they could get a more versatile wing to pair up with DeMar DeRozan.
The 29-year-old small forward averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 78 games last season. His impact will not just be on offense but also on the defensive end of the floor. Being a 6-foot-9 forward, he could match up well with the top small forwards in the league like LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Why the Deal Makes Sense for the Denver Nuggets
On the other hand, giving up Chandler could also hurt the Nuggets in several departments. However, acquiring Ross will make them a better offensive team, particularly their second unit that also features Will Barton.
“Ross is they type of scoring threat that the Nuggets could use, specifically from beyond the arch,” Nugg Love noted. “Thinking about him and Will Barton on the same bench unit is delightful. It could mean less playing time for their rookies, but still. The raw scoring power of Barton and Ross off the bench would be nuts.”
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Ross averaged 9.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 73 games last season. His minutes declined to 23.9 per game from a high of 26.7 per contest in 2013, when he posted 10.9 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Raptors.