Grade the Trade idea: Mavericks form dominant trio with massive blockbuster trade

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Grading the trade for the Toronto Raptors

This trade would leave a sour taste in Raptors' fans' mouths, but with the new CBA coming in, they could want to have more flexibility to add elite role players into the mix to play with OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes.

The new CBA will hit teams harder than expected, and this trade gives the Raptors more options over the next few years.

The Raptors grab two score-first guards off the bench in Jaden Hardy and Tim Hardaway Jr. Both players can light up the scoreboard when they want to, and Hardy can create his own shot and is a great three-point shooter off the catch and off the dribble.

Along with these two guards, they grab a 3-and-D power forward in Maxi Kleber. He averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game in the 37 games he played. Kleber was injured for a large majority of the season.

Kleber has been in Dallas his whole career and provides three-point shooting, hustle, and an all-around defensive game. He would be a valuable piece for them and would have the chance to immediately step into the starting lineup.

Potential starting lineup: Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Maxi Kleber, Jakob Poeltl (if he re-signs)

This is a powerful starting lineup and lets the Raptors get a return on Siakam if they think he would leave after next season. All signs point to Siakam wanting to stay in Toronto, as it was reported that he wouldn't re-sign with the team that trades for him, but things can change quickly.

Great bench scoring pieces and immediate replacement for Pascal Siakam in the starting lineup. No expiring contracts, but get young pieces for the future in Hardy and the 2027 FRP. Toronto Raptors. raptors grade. B