Blazers are the Favorites to Acquire OG Anunoby From Raptors

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  • The Toronto Raptors are the -1000 betting favorites to keep swingman OG Anunoby.
  • Anunoby is reportedly frustrated in Toronto and could be looking to move elsewhere.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers are the +750 favorites to be his non-Toronto destination.

The Toronto Raptors are the betting favorites to keep OG Anunoby but there are ongoing rumors that the Raptors may make Anunoby available in a trade.

Anunoby has reportedly become frustrated with Toronto as his role was diminished last season with the arrival of rookie Scottie Barnes, who ended up winning Rookie of the Year honors. Although Anunoby has not told management that he wants out, there are teams that are reportedly very interested in acquiring the 24-year-old Englishman.

As it stands, the best NBA Sportsbooks still have the Raptors as the heavy -1000 to be Anunoby’s team next season but there are teams waiting on the wings to get their hands on the Raptors’ swingman.

Blazers Interested in an Anunoby Trade

The Portland Trail Blazers are the top non-Toronto destination for Anunonby at +750 odds via Bovada and are the only team with odds shorter than +1000 to acquire the Raptors wingman. Portland is reportedly interested in pairing Anunoby with Damian Lillard after the team traded away Lillard’s backcourt partner C.J. McCollum at the last trade deadline.

The McCollum trade was aimed at giving the Blazers another look as they look to make one final championship run in the Damian Lillard. Although Lillard and McCollum perennially led the Blazers to the playoffs, they were never able to get over the hump. Portland acquired young talent and draft picks in the McCollum trade but they were also able to clear out significant cap space and create a $21 million trade exception which they intend to use in acquiring a high-end talent. That player could be OG Anunoby.

No question that the Blazers have the trade assets, draft picks, and financial capacity to acquire Anunoby if the Raptors indeed make him available in a trade. The Blazers have not openly talked about Anunoby or any player target for that matter. But given the rumblings around the story, it is not a far-fetched dream.

Anunoby Trade Rumors are Flying

The Minnesota Timberwolves are next on the Bovada odds board at +1000. The Raptors are said to be on the prowl for a big man and the Timberwolves may have the man they need on their Bench. Naz Reid is two years younger than Anunoby and has shown that he can hit the outside shot. Reid averaged 11.2 points per game and shot 35% from three-ball this season and could be Toronto’s guy. The Wolves also have the 19th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft and could even add Malik Beasley in a potential Anunoby trade.

Along with Portland, Utah at +1500 odds, was one of the first teams linked to Anunoby. The Jazz are reportedly ready to break the band after being unable to find postseason success in recent years. There are talks that Utah will be looking to actively trade three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert or if not, superstar Donovan Mitchell. While Anunoby doesn’t have the stature of either yet, his potential is limitless and the Raptors have other assets to pair with him in a blockbuster deal.

The Phoenix Suns are also listed at +1500 to acquire Anunoby. Phoenix has a dilemma with starting center and former no. 1 pick Deandre Ayton who was unable to sign a contract extension during the season. With Ayton set to become a restricted free agent, Anunoby’s name has popped up in a potential sign and trade deal with Toronto. The Orlando Magic complete the Anunoby odds board at +3500. Orlando has all the young assets to trade if they are indeed interested in acquiring Anunoby.

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