The Toronto Raptors announced a blockbuster trade on Saturday that saw OG. Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn traded to the New York Knicks. The Raptors received in return R.J. Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and a 2024 second round draft pick.
The outgoing all defensive Raptors star who is averaging 15.1 points per game is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and is expecting a big pay day. Inside sources are expecting OG Anunoby to sign with the Knicks as a free agent.
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— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 30, 2023
R.J. Barrett is a Canadian home grown, rising star who was drafted number 3 overall in the 2019 NBA draft. He is currently 23 years old and averaging 18.2 points per game.
Alot of people believe Immanuel Quickley is the best piece of this deal. He is only 24 years old and averaging 15.0 points per game off the bench this season. He finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting last year. He is expected to get a bigger role in Toronto possibly starting, which should see his points per game average increase to around 20 points per game.
“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,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye, especially when players like OG and Malachi have spent their careers with our team,” Ujiri added. “We wish Precious, Malachi and OG all the best.”