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Raptors adding to depth at guard with former Warrior Patrick McCaw

January 10, 2019 2:14 AM
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He would appear to be a solid fit for the Raptors, who can assume his minimum salary without any significant tax implications and who have a need for a promising backcourt player.

Toronto waived guard Lorenzo Brown earlier this week and filling that hole with a proven NBA player makes sense, providing depth behind Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norm Powell and Delon Wright.

To suggest McCaw is going to immediately become an integral part of the Raptors is a stretch but having a 23-year-old with championship experience can’t hurt. Whether he can supplant the likes of Wright or Powell on the depth chart is unlikely right now but if McCaw is the fifth backcourt player on the roster, that’s a pretty potent roster.

Even with the signing, the Raptors have a roster spot open if general manager Bobby Webster or team president Masai Ujiri wants to do something more substantial before the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline.

But given tax implications and the fact the Raptors had the NBA’s best record, 31-12, heading into Thursday’s games, a trade of Brown for McCaw is a solid week.


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