Report: Raptors motivated to shed salary via trade

Raptors head of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is said to be on the Wizards' radar.

Several opposing executives believe the Toronto Raptors are motivated to shed salary via trade following the Kawhi Leonard deal, according to ESPN reporter Ian Begley.

The Raptors are not sold on the Serge IbakaJonas Valanciunas pairing and will listen to trade offers for both players this offseason, according to a report from TSN.ca.

Toronto is on track to pay $34,504,486 in luxury tax.

The 26-year-old Valanciunas is set to make $16.5 million in 2018-19 and has a player option worth $17.6 million for 2019-20. In 77 games this past year, Valanciunas averaged 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Ibaka, meanwhile, has been a huge disappointment since the Raptors traded for him in 2017. Finding a trade partner willing to absorb the $44.9 million Ibaka is owed over the next two seasons would likely require Toronto to take back a bad contract or cost them additional assets.

In 99 games with the Raptors, Ibaka is averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds, shooting 47.7 percent overall and 37.0 percent from three.

The Raptors have also gauged trade interest around the league in shooting guard Norman Powell. Powell signed a four-year, $42 million extension with the Raptors last summer after averaging a career high 8.4 points per game in 2016-17.

This past season, however, was a struggle for Powell.

In 70 regular season games, Powell posted just 5.5 points while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from three-point range. He played roughly 15 minutes a contest and fell out of the rotation late in the season.