NBA Trade Rumors: Toronto Raptors have expressed interest in Tyler Herro

Miami Heat Tyler Herro (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
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NBA Trade Rumors: The Toronto Raptors have reportedly expressed interest in possibly acquiring Tyler Herro from the Miami Heat.

As the Damian Lillard game of chicken between the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat continues, one underlying storyline that isn’t talked about much is how this will impact one of the better young players in the league, Tyler Herro. He almost has to be involved in any deal for Lillard to land in Miami and it’s been reported that the Blazers would prefer that he gets rerouted to a third or fourth team.

So far, there have been a few teams that have been linked to potential landing spots for Herro. Those teams are the Brooklyn Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and, most recently, the Utah Jazz. However, it doesn’t appear as if those are the only teams that could emerge as a possible landing spot for Herro.

According to a recent report, the Toronto Raptors are another team that has expressed some interest in potentially acquiring Herro if a Lillard trade would need a third or fourth team.

Would Tyler Herro on the Toronto Raptors make sense?

This is an interesting hypothetical that adds even more intrigue to the moves that the Raptors have already made this offseason. In fact, the only way Herro on the Raptors makes sense is if they believe he can play the point guard position or if they’re going to rely on Scottie Barnes and/or OG Anunoby to handle the ball significantly more.

Quite frankly, I’m not sold on either of those options for the Raptors.

Herro has proven that he can play some point guard but I don’t think anyone believes that’s a natural position for him by any means. He’s a player that has struggled with turnovers in the past and while he’s improved from that standpoint, it would be an extremely bold (and uncharacteristic) move for the Raptors to make this level of move.

Especially considering they may end up trading Pascal Siakam because they don’t want to give him a max extension.

Maybe they believe acquiring Herro for one first-round pick and salary would be so much of a steal that it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up. Maybe this is nothing more than guaging the cost of possibly entering a possible multi-team blockbuster deal.

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It’s something to keep an eye on but I’d be extremely surprised if anything materialized for the Raptors for Herro.