Toronto Raptors trade Matt Thomas to Utah Jazz for future second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The deal clears a roster spot for the Raptors and appears to be a precursor to a trade with Kyle Lowry.
Toronto is in the midst of trade talks with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers over a Lowry trade. The NBA trade deadline is about to expire, so a deal needs to be reached quickly. There have been deadlocks in trade talks, with the Los Angeles Lakers reluctant to include Talen Horton-Tucker in a deal, and the Heat refusing to part ways with Tyler Herro.
The Raptors already traded Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers earlier Thursday before the trade deadline. Toronto has had a disappointing season so the team are trying to maximize their return 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 got one-off minutes with the team. He’s shot 47.5% from 3 fields 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 holds the league’s best record as we hit the deadline.
Now we wait and see where Kyle Lowry ends up. Buckle your belt for this stretchy race to the buzzer.