Gary Trent Jr.
One of the bigger trades made at the NBA trade deadline this year involved the Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers. Toronto sent Norman Powell to the greater northwest and received Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood in return.
It was a solid return for Norman Powell, who is entering NBA free agency this summer himself. Gary Trent Jr. is also, but he will be a restricted free agent.
Retaining the 22-year old Trent Jr. would be a great move for Toronto, giving them a backcourt to build around alongside Fred VanVleet. He thrived when Toronto was ravaged by injuries and has shown the ability to be a go-to scorer.
Gary Trent Jr. will be in high demand this offseason given his age and scoring ability. Being a restricted free agent, he could land some massive offer sheets. To avoid having to pay a dollar amount they are uncomfortable with, the Raptors should get a deal done as quickly as possible with Trent Jr. to keep him in town leading up to his prime years.