Raptors Rumors: 3 Prime Landing Spots For Bruce Brown

As a key part of the Denver Nuggets' run to the NBA championship in 2023, Bruce Brown has proven himself as a valuable playoff performer, and one that could fit into almost any contender's rotation. He provides intensity on defense, plenty of court smarts on both ends, and is a low-maintenance, high-performance player. He's now one of the most highly sought-after trade pieces around the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors acquired Brown as part of the Pascal Siakam trade with the Indiana Pacers, and all accounts are that they will flip him by the trade deadline on Feb. 8th for more young assets. Toronto is looking for a first-round pick and a good young player in return.

Here are three prime landing spots for Brown with contenders who have goals of a long playoff run:

Los Angeles Lakers

After All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, Brown is second on the Lakers' trade target pecking order according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic; they were hoping to get him last offseason as a free agent until the Pacers swooped in with a massive $45 million offer for two years. "The Lakers were very excited about the prospect of adding him," said Buha about last summer's free agency. 

He's obviously a prime trade candidate for them now.

New York Knicks

Bruce Brown is clearly head coach Tom Thibodeau's ideal type of player. And certainly, the feeling is mutual, as we learned this week from Brown himself

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Brown was their No. 1 free agent target last offseason. Now, he'd still fit perfectly on this Knicks roster. 

Dallas Mavericks

Another team that considered going after Brown in free agency last summer. They landed Grant Williams in a trade with the Boston Celtics instead. Now, as we approach the trade deadline, the Mavs have looked at upgrading at both forward spots, per Scotto, and Brown could offer a great fit alongside Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

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