Just days ago, the Toronto Raptors were first attached to New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson by Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Those rumors have been confirmed by other sources as Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein, two of the best in the business, reported the same this morning for ESPN. The Raptors are interested in a number of potential upgrades at power forward; Anderson, Thaddeus Young of the Brooklyn Nets, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns, and even Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets.
Also included in that report from Stein and Windhorst is news that Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings is possibly available. McLemore, who just turned 23 years old, is in the third year of his rookie contract. While the volume of his production has decreased thanks to a steep decline in minutes (from 32.6 per game last year starting all 82 games to 21.0 this season), McLemore continues to improve from the field and behind the arc, where he's shooting 37.2% this season.
A logical place for the Kings to send McLemore to find playing time would be the Pelicans. This is the same team that started Bryce Dejean-Jones, on two 10-day contracts, eight different times. The Kings, seeking immediate help, have already been connected to the Pelicans in trade rumors last month. Making salaries work beyond McLemore and Anderson is difficult. It won't work straight up, Caron Butler doesn't make it work. The remaining larger salaries are unrealistic.
Other avenues would be to add additional teams and players to the deal. The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Kings center Kosta Koufos (as well as Omer Asik of the Pelicans) so a three team trade would be easier to concoct.