With yet another early elimination from the playoffs, — once again at the hands of the King, aka LeBron James — the Toronto Raptors are in desperate need of a change. With recent rumors putting Head Coach Dwane Casey in the hot seat, could it possibly be a roster move that this desperate team needs?
While the Raptors looked like the most well-rounded team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, once again this team struggled to compete during the playoffs.
Not only did the team as a whole struggle, but particularly their star duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. While this duo is capable of delivering 60-point games between them, time and time again they fail when everything is on the line.
In their elimination series against the Cavs, James single-handedly outscored the Raptors star backcourt, something that cannot happen if you have aspirations of a championship.
While the Raptors obviously wouldn’t want to move on from either Lowry or DeRozan, this may be the right time to do so. Following being swept by the Cavaliers, morale for this roster will be at an all time low, and bouncing back will be quite challenging. With that being said, Toronto may have to choose between the two stars, one will stay, and one will go.
Their choice, either a 28-year-old guard, coming off the best two years of his career, or a soon to be 33-year-old guard with production in decline.
While Lowry is clearly the one who should be moved, the return for this All-Star might not be what the Raptors would be hoping for. While the Raptors may not be able to complete a swap for only Lowry, adding in a young player such as OG Anunoby may be the right price to find a player that fits their need.
With the subtraction of Lowry, the Raptors will have a large hole at the point guard position, which is where Kemba Walker fits in.
The 28-year-old guard could be the right fit for the new Raptors, as he brings the three-point shot and play making ability that will be lost with Lowry. The most important aspect that will be added though, is Walker’s clutch factor. Walker is well known for his heroics throughout the NCAA tournament, which have clearly carried over to the NBA.
For a team that has failed to live up to the hype during the playoffs, someone with the clutch gene, like Walker, could propel this team above James. Toronto is one of the most talented teams in the NBA today, but the lackluster play throughout the last few years during the playoffs should warrant a change for one of the best point guards in the NBA.