This Raptors-Wizards trade swaps Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry

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Why This Trade Would Benefit The Toronto Raptors

Like we mentioned before, Kyle Lowry has just one year left on his deal. As good as he has been in Toronto, all good things must come to an end. If the Raptors are not going to re-sign Lowry in the offseason or sign him to an extension before, it would benefit them greatly to send him away in a trade.

If the Raptors are able to land a player like Westbrook, it is even better. Westbrook has struggled shooting the ball but is still a productive score and fills up a stat sheet in many other ways. He would join Fred VanVleet in the backcourt, who was a priority for the Raptors in the offseason.

This will form a bit of a big three with those two in Pascal Siakam. Toronto has struggled after losing some of their key players from last season, names like Serge Ibaka an Marc Gasol. The Eastern Conference is extremely top-heavy and weak near the bottom. This means Toronto still has a chance to get into the postseason.

If they want any chance to advance or make some noise come to playoffs, Toronto might have to make a deal such as this one. Adding Westbrook would give them a game-changing player right away when the deal is accepted.