Here’s hoping the Toronto Raptors make some kind of move by the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23. The Raptors are an interesting study of a good team staring at a title-contending window that’s not real wide. Star point guard Kyle Lowry will be 31 in March and is a free agent after the season. He’s arguably the fourth best point guard in the league. Point guards don’t always age gracefully, but Lowry gets by more on smarts than pure athleticism. The Raptors have to keep him.
The Raptors took the Cavaliers to six games in the East final last year, but they lost the series by a combined 93 points. Toronto is in a battle for the second to fifth seeds. With a little push they can make the East final again. They need something to nudge closer to the Cavs.
Atlanta’s Paul Milsap would be the ideal get. The problem is the Hawks have surged lately, making a deal tougher to execute. Maybe they can get Serge Ibaka out of Orlando. Raptors GM Masai Ukiri is conservative. His team is good. He should do something.