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NBA Offseason 2020: How the Toronto Raptors are impacted by the biggest reported trades

Trade season is well underway.

On Monday, the NBA's moratorium was lifted, opening the door for teams to make trades for the first time since the February trade deadline.

A number of trades have already reportedly been agreed to, the blockbusters being the Phoenix Suns acquiring Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans trading Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Not all of the trades impact the Toronto Raptors directly, but some of them do.

Let's take a closer look at the big ones.

Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns

The trade: Chris Paul and Abdel Nader for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick.

Does it impact the Raptors? Yes.

Why? The Suns were one of only a few teams that were projected to have the type of cap space needed to lure Fred VanVleet away from the Raptors this offseason. They also reportedly had interest in VanVleet, and for good reason: VanVleet is the best point guard available in this free agent class.

With Paul eating up their available cap space and the Suns no longer having a need for a point guard, VanVleet is almost certainly off the table for them.

There are still teams out there who are expected to make an offer to VanVleet in free agency, but the Suns being out makes for one less team the Raptors have to worry about.

Trevor Ariza to the Detroit Pistons

The trade: Trevor Ariza and No. 16 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft for a future first-round pick.

Does it impact the Raptors? Surprisingly, yes.

Why? As ESPN's Bobby Marks noted, acquiring Ariza and the No. 16 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, which became Isaiah Stewart, will cut Detroit's available cap space in half.

The Pistons were one of the teams that was expected to show interest in VanVleet when free agency began. They will still have room to do something in free agency, but they might not have enough anymore to give VanVleet the type of money he's looking for.

If VanVleet is indeed hoping to "cash out" this offseason, the New York Knicks are looking like his best non-Raptors shot right now.

Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks

The trade: Jrue Holiday and No. 60 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, No. 24 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, two future first-round picks (2025, 2027) and two pick swaps (2024, 2026).

Does it impact the Raptors? Yes.

Why? The Bucks are giving up quite a lot to acquire Holiday, but I'm of the belief that he raises Milwaukee's ceiling quite a bit.

Unless another team in the Eastern Conference makes a big move before the start of next season - looking at you, Brooklyn Nets - the Bucks have positioned themselves to be the team to beat yet again this season.

More importantly for the Raptors, the Bucks going all-in for Holiday could be the reassurance Giannis Antetokounmpo needs to sign a five-year supermax deal before the season begins. (That was doubly the case when they reportedly agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings for Bogdan Bogdanovic, but that deal now appears to be up in the air). If he does, any hopes the Raptors had of pursuing him in free agency next offseason would go up in smoke.

The same goes for every other team in the league hoping to get in on the Antetokounmpo sweepstakes.

It will be fascinating to see how the Raptors pivot if Antetokounmpo signs the supermax. Would it increase their sense of urgency to re-sign VanVleet? Would they try to come to terms on an extension with OG Anunoby this offseason as opposed to next? Would they turn their attention to the trade market in the hopes of acquiring an All-Star or All-Star calibre player? Or would they simply stay the course and focus on a different player set to hit free agency next offseason?

Of the trades that were reportedly agreed to on Monday, this one has the most layers for the Raptors.

Dennis Schröder to the Los Angeles Lakers

The trade: Danny Green and No. 28 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft for Dennis Schröder.

Does it impact the Raptors? Sort of.

Why? It's not like the Raptors were in the running for Schröder. The teams this impacts the most are the ones in the Western Conference because they're going to see much more of the Lakers this season than the Raptors.

The way this impacts the Raptors...

Danny Green and Seth Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers

The trade: Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson for Al Horford, No. 34 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and a 2025 first-round pick; Seth Curry for Josh Richardson and No. 36 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Does it impact the Raptors? Yes.

Why? The 76ers address a huge need in turning Horford into Green and Richardson into Curry.

According to NBA.com, over half of Green's field goal attempts last season were catch-and-shoot 3s, and he converted 36.9 percent of those opportunities. There's more to Curry's game than spot-up shooting - he's an elite midrange shooter and a crafty finisher around the basket - but he was an even better catch-and-shoot threat (48.1 percent) than Green last season.

The two of them should make life easier for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, to the point where the 76ers should be much better this season than they were last season. That only makes the top of the Eastern Conference more competitive.

It's crazy to think that two of the 76ers, Bucks, Raptors, Nets, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat won't have homecourt advantage in the playoffs.

We'll continue to update this file if more trades come through.

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