Though unlikely to happen, what should a trade for Giannis look like? Does it make sense? Are the Raptors ruining their future by giving up a lot for one year of Giannis?
Does it make sense? To me, it does. As Masai always says, it’s always about winning and winning right away. That’s why under him, the raptors never tanked. So, yes, getting Giannis for a year is worth it just like getting Kawhi for a year was worth it.
How would it work? Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Terence Davis, O’Shea Brisset and a bunch of future picks for Giannis. They need to bring back Fred, Serge AND Gasol. Then they need to fill out the roster and replace the young guys.
Starting lineup: Fred at 1, Norm at 2, OG at 3, Giannis at 4 and Ibaka at 5. Gasol and Boucher as backup 5s. Matt Thomas as backup 2. Whoever they get in the draft won’t be sent to the G league as is customary but will be a bench player. They’ll also make some minor moves to fill out the roster.
With Nurse at the helm, this team will win the east for sure. And maybe the whole thing in their first year. Or they might not.