The Toronto Raptors are coming off a down year that featured them not even qualifying for the NBA play-in tournament. They finished with a mere 27-45 regular season record and that was better than only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference.
It’s clear the Raptors will need to add more talent to their roster in order to return back to the playoffs in 2021-22. Before they can do that, they will have a variety of key decisions to make in NBA free agency. However, after doing so, making a run at a key contributor or two could go along way.
Among the Raptors’ top options includes Sacramento Kings big man Richaun Holmes. The 6-foot-10 center appeared in 61 of the Kings’ 72 regular season games this season and posted averages of 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while going 63.7% from the field.
According to our very own Evan Massey, the Raptors are ‘one team to watch’ in NBA free agency as a potential suitor for Richaun Holmes. Toronto wants to improve in the frontcourt and are ‘very intrigued’ by the idea of signing him.
It’s easy to see why a team would be interested in Richaun Holmes. He has developed into being one the NBA’s most efficient rim rollers and has a unique floater game for a big man. If the Raptors want Pascal Siakam to continue to become a more perimeter oriented player, Holmes could provide an intriguing balance as his long-term frontcourt partner.
The center position was a problematic one for the Raptors this season. Aron Baynes proved to be nowhere near impactful enough and while Chris Boucher has shown some intriguing flashes of potential, the versatility that Richaun Holmes brings to the table would elevate the frontcourt.
There will be plenty of other suitors for Richaun Holmes in NBA free agency. The Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, and Dallas Mavericks among others that make sense as potential suitors for him.