Toronto Raptors: 5 reasons they will repeat in 2020

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2. Championship nectar attracts free agency bees

Not everyone has the chance to earn an NBA championship, even over the course of a lengthy career. The history of the game has seen countless Hall of Fame players fail to win a ring. Allen Iverson, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley are just a few names that come to mind when discussing a topic like that.

Even though many players choose to fight hard for a ring, not everyone chooses the hard road. Some players just find it hard to win and choose to flee to a contender that would increase their chances of reaching the top. Some more recent examples include Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, who both decided to join these Golden State Warriors.

Free agents are about to be eyeing the Raptors once July kicks off. Even though the current champions do not have the financial flexibility to pursue any big-name free agents, veterans might be more willing taking pay cuts in order to move to Toronto this summer.

So who could the Raptors actually target in free agency? They should mostly be in the market for more firepower at the backup shooting guard and both forward positions, so the 2019 free agency pool seems to be ideal for Toronto.

At the guard spots, Wesley Matthews and Terrence Ross could both be perfect additions to the squad. Ross, previously a member of the Raptors, was dealt away in the Serge Ibaka trade and would be more than welcome back in Scotiabank Arena.

Moving on at the forward spots, the Raptors should pursue some grit-and-grind type of players, to provide some much-needed rest to Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, were he to re-sign with the team.

Experienced veterans like Trevor Ariza, JaMychal Green or Marcus Morris would fit Nurse’s gameplan idealy, as they are all great defenders and spot-up shooters.