The Raptors had reportedly been interested in Dennis Schroder but will have to look elsewhere as the veteran point guard signed back with the Los Angeles Lakers. Schroder is rumored to have turned down both the Raptors and the Phoenix Suns to retain his position in the Lakers lineup.
Toronto has been looking to fill up the PG position with a secondary ball handler coming off the bench behind Fred VanVleet. Dalano Banton and Malachi Flynn are the other two point guards on the roster and while both have their strengths the Raptors will be looking for more experience in the position.
While there aren’t too many great options left ahead of the season, the Raptors will likely be looking at the following players closely.
- Elfrid Payton- Payton moved from the Knicks to the Suns last year but didn’t get much playing time, averaging only 3.0 ppg. His previous 7 years in the league however had hit at a double digit scorer who averaged close to 7 assists a game. This is exactly the type of output that the Raptors will be looking for from a secondary point guard.
Payton is into the backend of his career but still seems to have the wheels and skills to get it done on the offensive end. Expect him to be at the top of the list of the Raptors when it comes to filling the PG position.
- Brandon Goodwin- The 26-year old Goodwin played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2021-22 season, averaging 4.8 ppg and 2.5 assists. While these numbers don’t jump off the stat line, Goodwin did display a lot of promise with hustle and a good feel for the game. Cleveland have passed Goodwin but he might be a good fit for a team looking to take a chance for a backup guard.
- Frank Jackson- Frank Jackson comes off his best season to date, averaging 10.6 points with the Detroit Pistons in 2021-22. Jackson showed that he was a force on the offensive side of the ball, scoring consistently and putting up a couple 20 point games. It should be taken into consideration that Jackson was on a weak Pistons team which gave plenty of playing time to its younger players.
While Payton seems like the most logical pick, both Goodwin and Jackson are younger and may hold a more rewarding future with the Raptors. On the other hand, the Raptors may make a 180 and invest into their existing roster of point guards in Dalano Banton and Malachi Flynn.