With the departure of Kahwi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors lost what made them so great. Though they will be returning as the defending champs, the Raptors will not resemble anything close to the dominant team they were just a season ago.
In light of their losses, the team may be looking to clean slate.
If they do decide to go young, one possible person of interest is Orlando’s Mo Bamba, who may come at a discount for the Raptors — explains Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley.
“Whenever the Raptors flip that switch, they should chase cheap upside wherever they can find it. Mohamed Bamba would be a fascinating option to start. His upside stretches as far his 7’10” wingspan. He has Defensive Player of the Year potential as both an intimidating anchor and a capable perimeter switcher. If he finds consistency with his shot (21 threes in 47 games), he’ll offer the ideal skills of a modern big. So, how could he possibly be had at a discount? Because the Magic have a traffic jam on their interior, and they just blocked Bamba for the foreseeable future by giving Nikola Vucevic a four-year, $100 million deal.”
At 21, Bamba is a perfect fit with the timeline of Pascal Siakam. Not only would the Raps acquire a young center, but they’d acquire a guy who could learn and grow alongside their own young star.
Though he only averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 48.1 percent from the field last season, being traded to a team that can give him a larger role may be what he needs to live up to his potential.
Nevertheless, expect Bamba to at least be on their radar as things progress through the year. If (and when) Toronto decides to blow it up, the big guy from Orlando could become a real possibility for them.