The Toronto Raptors are sending OG Anunoby, Malachi Flynn, and Precious Achiuwa to the New York Knicks in exchange for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a second-round pick from the Detroit Pistons. This trade deal was first reported by NBA insider Shams Charania from Athletic, who shared all the details of the trade.
Anunoby had been linked to possible trades during the summer of 2022. The Raptors‘ small forward has had the second-best shooting season of his career, averaging 48.9 percent from the field on 11.9 attempts. He is also a strong defender, coming just one season away from tying his career-high of 1.9 steals per game. Anunoby has a player option for the 2024–2025 season worth $19.9 million, indicating the likelihood of the Knicks extending him before the season pause.
The trade does not change the championship chances for the New York Knicks.
Barrett, born in Toronto, signed a four-year rookie extension with the Knicks last offseason worth $107 million. The shooting guard has averaged 29.5 minutes per game this season, registering his lowest shooting percentages in two years.
Quickley is having a breakout scoring season, reaching career-high averages in points (15), two-point percentage (54.9%), and three-point percentage (39.5%).
The fourth-year shooting guard will now try to fit alongside Scottie Barnes, the third-year playmaker for the Raptors, building a young backcourt as the cornerstone for a competitive rebuild. Quickley is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will become a restricted free agent in 2024.
In March, Achiuwa and Flynn were part of a touching tribute video for Women’s History Month.
Regarding the teams, the Knicks are currently suing the Raptors after a former New York video staffer, Ikechukwu Azotam, illegally provided Toronto with over 3,000 confidential files. The files allegedly included video scouting reports, game frequency files, a 2022–2023 season preparation book, and opposition research, according to ESPN.
Toronto may sue for defamation.