Raptors must fill roster gaps at trade deadline

Having a trade chip like Goran Dragic is a gift for the Toronto Raptors. Here’s why it’s important they use it to raise their cap this season. Follow Yahoo Sports Canada for all your Raptors coverage.

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YASMIN DUAL: When you fill those roles that kind of bother the Raptors right now, you can really assess the team honestly. Like right now, it’s hard to assess them when they’re playing so well. But as soon as they sit down, as soon as one or two guys sit down, everything is cratered. The offense is cratered and everything, and the defense is collapsing.

So if you can prevent that, you can honestly take a look at the team and see what the issues are, see where the gaps are, but they can’t do that right now. So I’d like to see an iteration of the team that we can really watch and judge, which we haven’t really had a chance to do this season.

AMIT MANN: You took the words out of my mouth. I was going to say the exact same thing, that if you want to assess this team properly, especially going into the playoffs, and I think– I mean, I think it’s fair to say they have a very good chance to be in that top six. If you have these shortcomings, you will not be able to assess them properly. Because a team, any team, in that top six, you have a lot of good teams there, they’re going to come after them, and that’s why you potentially lose a series.

But if you meet some of those needs now and then come off season, then you can take a more holistic look at what you’re missing with your team. And then next season you’ll be in a better position to take another leap forward, because the players will, it seems. You know, Fred, Pascal, bottom of the board, they’re all going to get better. You know how they work, how dedicated they are to improving. So they’re going to do their part, and now you have to do your part at the trade deadline.

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