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NBA Trade Deadline: Revisiting the Toronto Raptors deadline moves over the years

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Doug Christie, Alvin Williams and Serge Ibaka (NBA Getty Images)

With a few hours remaining until the 2019 NBA trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors remain near the top of the Eastern Conference along with the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.

As the deadline nears, the lingering question of whether or not the Raptors will make moves or stand pat looms.

For an idea of what Toronto could do this year, let's take a look back at some notable deals the franchise has made within two weeks of the deadline in its 24-year history.

1996

In their inaugural season, the Raptors were pretty active around the trade deadline, making two separate moves that involved multiple players.

On Feb. 18 , Toronto parted ways with Victor Alexander and Willie Anderson, trading them to New York in exchange for Doug Christie , Herb Williams and cash considerations. On the Feb. 22 deadline, the Raptors sent Tony Massenburg, Ed Pinckney and two draft picks to Philadelphia and received 1994 No. 6 overall pick Sharone Wright in return.

While Wright would appear in just 78 games over three seasons with the Raptors before retiring at age 26, Christie spent four very fruitful seasons in Toronto. In his final season with the team, the 6-foot-6 wing played an integral role in leading the Raptors to their first-ever playoff appearance.

In 314 career games with the Raptors, Christie averaged 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He also averaged 2.1 steals per game, the highest average in team history. Christie remains in the franchise's top 10 in points (5,235), assists (1,197), steals (664) and 3-point field goals (431).

1998

Less than two years after winning Rookie of the Year as a Raptor, Damon Stoudamire's time in Toronto came to an end just days before the 1998 trade deadline. On Feb. 13, Stoudamire, Carlos Rogers and Walt Williams were traded to the Trail Blazers for Kenny Anderson, Gary Trent, Alvin Williams and three draft picks.

The team wasn't done yet, either. On Feb. 18 , the Raptors traded Anderson along with Popeye Jones and Zan Tabak to the Celtics for Chauncey Billups , Dee Brown, Roy Rogers and John Thomas. Billups, the No. 3 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, spent the final 29 games of his rookie season in Toronto and averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Alvin Williams spent eight seasons in Toronto, appearing in 417 regular season games (324 starts) and 18 playoff games (17 starts). He sits in the franchise's top 10 in games played, assists and steals.

2001

The 2001 trade deadline saw the Raptors make two multiplayer deals, acquiring a fan favourite in the process.

Toronto traded Tyrone Corbin, Cornel David, Corliss Williamson and a pick to Detroit for Eric Montross and Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams.

Williams, who earned the adoration of Raptors fans with his scrappy and energetic play, appeared in 180 regular season games with Toronto, earning 107 starts. He also appeared in 16 postseason games and played a key reserve role in the Raptors earning their first-ever postseason series win.

In a separate deal, the team sent Muggsy Bogues and Mark Jackson to the Knicks in exchange for Chris Childs and a draft pick. Childs appeared in 95 regular season games and started in 13 of the 17 postseason games in which he appeared.

2009

Toronto made one move on Feb. 13 , trading Jamario Moon, Jermaine O'Neal, a 2010 second round pick and a 2011 first round pick to Miami for Marcus Banks, Shawn Marion and cash considerations.

Interestingly enough, in July 2010, the 2011 first round pick was sent back to the Raptors in the sign-and-trade that saw Chris Bosh join the Heat. This pick was used to select Jonas Valanciunas , who has spent all seven seasons of his NBA career in Toronto.

2011

In a somewhat minor deal, Toronto sent a draft pick to Chicago in exchange for James Johnson , who provided a boost by averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 87 games as a Raptor before being traded to the Kings.

Johnson's first sting with the Raptors was so enjoyable that he would return to the team as a free agent in 2014 to play another 127 games over two seasons.

2017

The Raptors made a splash on Feb. 14, 2017, when they traded Terrence Ross and a pick to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka , who has made a huge impact since landing in Toronto.

Ibaka has been a part of two 50-win teams, including the 2017-18 team that won a franchise-record 59 games to earn the East's No. 1 seed. In his third year with the Raptors, Ibaka is averaging a career-high 16.3 points per game to go along with 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

2019

Toronto's most recent Trade Deadline action came on Feb. 7, 2019 , when it traded CJ Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and a 2024 second round pick to Memphis in exchange for three-time All-Star Marc Gasol.

At the time of the deal, Gasol was averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists through the first 53 games of his 11th NBA season.

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