The Toronto Raptors are exactly where the Houston Rockets were prior to the 2023-24 season. The Raptors’ have undergone a complete teardown, which has them stripping down the roster and dealing any asset with value.
Much like the Rockets did in 2020-21, as they parted with Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and P.J. Tucker, while also releasing Danuel House Jr., Ben McLemore, and DeMarcus Cousins.
The Rockets later released Armoni Brooks, who the Raptors swooped in and snagged, as they sought to take advantage of the Rockets’ fire sale.
This time around, the tables have turned, as the Rockets should now feast on the Raptors’ fire sale. The Raptors have several players that could provide value to the Rockets, who are now 20-22 and outside of the play-in race. Let’s take a look at a few Raptors that would be worth trading for.
4 Raptors that would be perfect on the Houston Rockets' roster
4. Chris Boucher
It's well-known that Chris Boucher is the lone surviving member from the Raptors' 2018-19 championship-winning team. At the time, the 6-foot-9 power forward was simply a prospect-level player for the Raptors, as he spent the bulk of his team in the G-League, where he won G-League MVP and G-League Defensive Player of the Year.
Since then, Boucher has proven himself as a high-level contributor for the Raptors, who is capable of being a floor-spacer due to a slightly below average ability to knock down the three. In addition, Boucher's 7-foot-4 wingspan makes him a formidable rim protector and shot blocker, which the Rockets desperately need.
Boucher has just one year left on his deal at $10.8 million, making him a lock to be dealt before the deadline. Not to mention his age, as the rebuilding Raptors have no need for a 31-year-old big man.