The Raptors could look to add more depth at guard after Fred VanVleet left in free agency

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This offseason, Toronto’s Fred VanVleet was one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. The Houston Rockets signed VanVleet to a massive three-year, $130 million contract. VanVleet was one of the better players on Toronto’s roster and he won’t be easy to replace. So far, the Raptors have made a few moves in free agency. In order to replace VanVleet’s production, the Raptors need to continue to look for trades. 

Along with VanVleet, Malachi Flynn, Jeff Dowtin Jr., and Dalano Banton, all played PG last year for the Raptors. As it stands, only one of them is under contract with Toronto. Flynn is the only player of those four that is still on the team. VanVleet got his payday and is with Houston now.

Banton signed with the Celtics and Dowtin Jr. is still a restricted free agent. It’s not going to be easy to replace VanVleet with one player. The Raptors are going to need to see who fits the role the best by trial and error.

The Raptors know they need to add more depth at PG after Fre VanVleet’s departure

Toronto knew that the chances of VanVleet leaving this offseason were more than likely. That is why the team acted fast once free agency began last Friday. The Raptors signed veteran PG Dennis Schroder to the team on a two-year, $26 million deal.

Schroder has bounced around the NBA for the past few seasons, but he’ll be a key piece next season for the Raptors. If the team cannot sign or trade for any more depth at guard, playmaking duties could be in the hands of others. VanVleet led the Raptors with (7.2) assists per game last season.

After that, Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes combined for over 10+ assists per game. Barnes plays a unique role for the Raptors and they could transition him into a point forward. He has the speed, agility, and ball-handling skills of a guard. Barnes is six-foot-eight and has a seven-foot-two wingspan.

The Raptors could also look to trade for a veteran PG who can be a solid depth piece for next season. Ricky Rubio or Delon Wright could be potential names that the Raptors could trade for. Wright is owed $8.2 million next season and is an unrestricted free agent in 2024. Rubio is owed $6.1 million next season and is an unrestricted free agent in 2025. Toronto needs to decide which direction they want to go in order to replace VanVleet’s production.