‣ The Toronto Raptors have traded OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn to the New York Knicks in exchange for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a 2024 second-round draft pick.
‣ The Knicks have been targeting Anunoby for a trade since the offseason and are expected to re-sign him as a free agent this summer.
‣ The Raptors are reportedly continuing to explore trades involving forward Pascal Siakam, but no deals are gaining any traction at this time. Both Siakam and Anunoby could be free agents this summer.
The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a trade to send OG Anunoby to the New York Knicks for a package including RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and draft considerations, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)
So, the Toronto Raptors have decided to shake things up a bit. They’re trading OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa, along with Malachi Flynn, to the New York Knicks. In return, they’re getting RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a 2024 second-round draft pick. The teams made the announcement last Saturday.
The Knicks have had their sights set on Anunoby for a while now. Since the offseason, to be precise. The Eastern Conference contender is expected to re-sign him as a free agent this summer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Knicks president Leon Rose seems pretty chuffed about the whole thing. He said, “OG’s complete offensive game and ability to defend multiple positions will enhance our team on both ends of the court.”
But what do the odds say? Well, referring to a couple of NBA betting sites, the Knicks are sitting at 16th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat are showing better odds.
Anunoby has been doing pretty well for himself this season. He’s averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 33.3 minutes per game in 27 starts with Toronto. The seven-year veteran is also shooting 48.9% from the floor and 37.4% from 3-point range.
The guy’s got some serious skills. Last season, he led the NBA with 128 steals. At 26, Anunoby ranked second in defensive half-court matchups against All-Stars a year ago, trailing only Brooklyn’s Mikal Bridges, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Quickley, on the other hand, has averaged a career-high 15 points per game in 30 games off the bench with the Knicks this season. He’s shooting career bests of 45.4% and 39.5% beyond the arc as well.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri had a lot to say about the trade. “Immanuel is a young, talented playmaker who we believe will provide a spark on both ends of the court. RJ is a versatile wing who is, of course, well-known in his hometown, and seeing him in a Raptors uniform will be a special moment for our fans and for all Canadians,” he said.
Ujiri also mentioned that it’s never easy to say goodbye, especially when players like OG and Malachi have spent their careers with the team. He wished Precious, Malachi, and OG all the best.
In other news, the Raptors are reportedly still looking for trades involving Pascal Siakam. But there’s nothing solid on the table yet. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8.
Both Siakam and Anunoby could be free agents this summer. This trade is the first between the teams since 2013. And it’s worth mentioning that all this happened amidst an ongoing legal dispute between the franchises.
The Knicks sued the Raptors for $10 million in August over allegations that a former Knicks employee sent confidential files to the Raptors upon his departure. The lawsuit’s status hasn’t changed.
As for the championship odds, NBA sportsbooks show the Toronto Raptors with 24th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. The Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and Orlando Magic are getting better odds.