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The Biggest Mistake In Raptors History


The Toronto Raptors, while they're in a good place for now, have consistently dissapointed their fans in the postseason.

Even after posing the best regular season record in franchise history, the Raptors failed to finish strong, getting swept by LeBron James and the lowly Cavaliers in the second round.

But had they done one thing different in 2012, we might be singing a different tune. ESPN NBA Analysts Chris Broussard and Bill Simmons once said that the Raptors had an opportunity to trade for James Harden and that they were the first ones called by Thunder GM Sam Presti to work a deal.

Who did Presti want in return? Then-Rookie Center Jonas Valanciunas.

The deal would have apparently centered around "Valanciunas, an expiring Jose Calderon and likely Terrence Ross or DeMar DeRozan."

If you had the chance to trade for James Harden, even back then, it'd be hard to turn that down. While there was no telling who Harden would end up turning into way back then, acquiring him would have likely put the team in a much better situation.

Yet, it means they probably wouldn't have traded for Kawhi Leonard, who is (arguably) a better player than James.

Funny how life works, huh?