The Toronto Raptors have been without starting center Jonas Valanciunas since the 20th of November when the 7′ 0” Lithuanian exited midway in the Raptors game against the Lakers due to a fractured hand. His absence however has in a way created a void in the offense for the Raptors despite the considerable firepower between hard-nosed pointguard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard Demar DeRozan.
According to Raptors Rapture via Yibada, “The Raptors are in a difficult spot at the moment.”
“A player they had counted on, Terrence Ross, has not come through, and 2-Pat is only now rounding into form,” the source also revealed.
Adding to the fact is that back-up center Bismarck Biyombo is more of a defensive threat than someone who could deliver the much-needed points under the shaded lane.
The mid-season trade is just around the corner and the Raptors want to beef-up their roster especially as they have never made it past the second-round of the post-season. The Raptors are currently holding the second spot of a now competitive Eastern Conference with a 16 – 9 record.
Cheat Sheet mentioned that Memphis Grizzles’ big man Zach Randolph is one of the stalwart names that are being considered to be moved in the upcoming mid-season trade deadline. A suitable roster piece for the Raptors play-off push.
Yibada once more laid out the cards that it will be benefiical for the Raptors to move Terrence Ross who has constantly played second-fiddle to All-Star DeRozan along with Biyombo and Patrick Patterson for the Grizzleies’duo of Randolph and Courtney Lee.
Randolph himself has lately come off the bench and has his minutes reduced especially with the NBA’s current ”small-ball” starting roster obsession, as reported by Bleacher Report.
Despite Coach David Joerger preference for the transplanted Matt Barnes, Randolph is still quite an efficient asset registering 21 points and 16 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons and 13 points and seven rebounds against the Charlotte Hornets.
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