Goran Dragic got traded to the Toronto Raptors in the Kyle Lowry sign and trade as a salary matching contract. The Toronto Raptors are currently engaging in a rebuild around their young core, a core whose timeline doesn't match Dragic's. It is possible that the Toronto Raptors could elect to trade the veteran to garner assets for their rebuild.
The Dallas Mavericks were a team that has been linked with acquiring Goran Dragic in the past. While Goran Dragic's high salary may be a concern for the Raptors, John Hollinger of The Athletic reveals that there's potential that the Toronto Raptors may have another deal in place to trade Goran Dragic to the Dallas Mavericks.
Finally, there’s the cap room angle that Toronto completely punted on by sending out Kyle Lowry in a sign-and-trade for Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa. Dragic is a nice backup at this point but makes $19.44 million, so his deal has significant negative equity. To take that deal on instead of using about $25 million in cap space, the Raptors’ only reward was Achiuwa, an interesting big man prospect due to his motor and athleticism but one who lost his rotation spot to Dewayne Dedmon last year and struggles with feel, shooting and dribble blindness.
Before I finish here, I will offer one carrot: There is some “improving the deal” potential that could be a factor here. One still suspects Toronto might have gone the Dragic route because it had another trade set up to get value for him. In particular, it’s possible the Raptors and Mavs are waiting until Oct. 1 — when the salary of Dallas big man Moses Brown can be aggregated — to complete a deal that would send Brown, Dwight Powell and one other small contract from Dallas to Toronto for Dragic. Depending on the player/asset combination, that could yield a rethink on the wisdom of the Raptors’ overall strategy.
There is no question that the Toronto Raptors would benefit by sending out Goran Dragic for multiple smaller contracts, as well as a young big man that they could help develop in Moses Brown. The Dallas Mavericks in turn would gain an experienced veteran in Dragic who can be a steady locker-room leader in Dallas and has experience playing with Luka Doncic on the Slovenian national team. While obviously, no deal has happened yet, it seems possible that the Toronto Raptors will eventually trade Dragic to the Dallas Mavericks.