Raptors fans upset, confused after quiet NBA trade deadline

It was a fast-paced trade deadline in the NBA, but the Toronto Raptors were relatively inactive and most fans weren’t happy.

Toronto acquired Jacob Poeltle from the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in exchange for Khem Birch, a 2024 first-round pick (top-six protected), and 2023 and 2025 second-round picks. It wasn’t exactly an inactive deadline since Poeltle returned for a second time with the Raptors, but it wasn’t quite the franchise-changing surge that many were hoping for.

Curiously, the Raptors didn't trade any big pieces on Thursday's deadline.  (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Curiously, the Raptors didn’t trade any big pieces on Thursday’s deadline. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The Raptors had been in the middle of a hot plate for several weeks and were in a position to strike. Fred VanVliet, O.G. Anunobi, Gary Trent Jr. and even Pascal Siakam appeared at the rumor mill but ended up staying put.

With a record of 26-30, Toronto currently sits 10th in the Eastern Conference but is only 4.5 games behind sixth for a final playoff berth. In its current form, the Raptors will participate in the play-in tournament.

Here’s how Raptors fans and members of the media felt after the deadline expired.

Not all of this is negative, but most fans and members of the media clearly wanted the Raptors to take some direction, whether it be increasing their slim chance of getting a first overall pick this summer to draft center generation Victor Wembanyama, or improving the roster meaningfully for long playoff game.

How do you feel about the fact that Masai Ujiri, Bobby Webster and Co. have reached the deadline? Are you satisfied?

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