The Toronto Raptors are trading Matt Thomas to the Utah Jazz for a future second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal clears a spot on the list for the Raptors and appears to be a precursor to the Kyle Lowry trade.
Toronto is in business negotiations with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers over a Lowry trade. The NBA trade deadline is about to expire, so a deal needs to be closed soon. There have been some issues in trade talks, with the Los Angeles Lakers hesitating to include Talen Horton-Tucker in the deal, and the Heat are unwilling to part ways with Tyler Herro.
The Raptors already traded Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday before the trade deadline. Toronto has endured a disappointing season, so the team is trying to maximize its performance on guys like Lowry and Powell as they try to build around Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby.
Thomas joined the Raptors last season and only had minutes with the team. He shot 47.5% from 3-land as a rookie on 2.4 attempts per game and is shooting 41.5% from deep this season.
Given his 3-point prowess, Thomas is a perfect fit for a Jazz team that is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA. Utah currently has the best record in the league when we hit the deadline.
Now we just wait and see where Kyle Lowry ends up. Buckle up for this stretch by running to the doorbell.