To the victors go the spoils. Which members of the Toronto Raptors could be fair game to pursue this offseason for the Boston Celtics?
Fresh off the heels of a 92-87 Game 7 victory from the Lake Buena Vista bubble in Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports complex, the Boston Celtics undoubtedly have their eyes set on their second-round opponent, the Miami Heat.
Miami has rampaged through the playoffs, sweeping the Indiana Pacers (sans Domantas Sabonis) and gentlemen’s sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference semifinals to set up a date with Boston. Reaching the Eastern Conference finals was not easy after an emotionally draining second-round series, but the Celtics have made it.
That said, their recent foes from Toronto should serve as an example to the Cs. After all, they are still the champions until a new one is crowned…who knows what else could happen to these playoffs after the start of the Celtics-Raptors series was delayed due to the players protesting a recent unjust shooting by the police of an innocent black American.
The Raptors are likely set to reshuffle the deck in the wake of their loss, and that could be a good thing for the Boston Celtics. Toronto may have to make tough decisions that leave talented players on their roster available to acquire in the offseason.
Anyone from Toronto brings with them championship experience, but most Raptors rotation players would also fit snugly into the Celtics lineup as well. Whether through free-agency (with the mid-level exception being the only money to spend) or a trade involving the team’s many first-round draft picks, a deal can be done one way or another between these Atlantic Division foes.
Here are six targets the Houdini thinks Danny Ainge should pursue this offseason from the Toronto Raptors: