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How The Raptors Could Bring Andrew Wiggins Home

(via Sportsnaut)

(via Sportsnaut)

With Kawhi Leonard gone, the Raptors are a team now stuck in the dreaded middle. While not good enough to really contend for a title, they're not bad enough to tank games and win the draft lottery.

It is true that the team had handed the keys to 25-year-old forward, Pascal Siakam, and only time will tell if he is capable of managing that role.

But what about the rest of the roster? There are a bunch of pieces that just don't quite fit with Toronto's remodel, and might be better served to acquire younger pieces. Serge Ibaka is among those players, and Bleacher Report's Greg Swartz proposed an interesting plan as to what the Raptors can do with him.

In a trade with the Timberwolves, Toronto could send Serge Ibaka for a 2020 first-rounder and former 2014 #1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins.

The Raptors can still be good this season even without Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, although they won't make much noise in the playoffs without an additional scoring punch.

For all his faults, Wiggins can put the ball in the basket (career 19.4 points per game), and the veteran supporting cast around him (Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet) would do wonders for the 24-year-old's development.

Taking Wiggins out of a Minnesota rebuild and putting him on his hometown team would be the best possible situation to extract the talent that made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2014.

For the Wolves, the reasons for making a deal would be simple: cap space. Ibaka would add a nice, veteran stretch big to the roster at much less of a cost than Wiggins, who seemingly hit a wall last season.

He averaged 19 per game but only 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 41% shooting for the season. Maybe a homecoming would bode well for the 2015 Rookie of the Year.