Toronto Raptors looking to make a big push?

There's no denying it. Any team in the Eastern Conference that wants to make it to the biggest stage come June is going to have to make it through the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. With Cleveland still the team to beat in the East, that leaves the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Washington Wizards vying for position in the Eastern Conference picture.

Added to this, any team that supposedly has any chance of getting past Cleveland is going to still have to get through the West's top team -- most likely the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs.

And, with the NBA trade deadline mere days away, any team that wants to add a little extra fire power to their roster is going to have to do it in this window of time. While the Toronto Raptors recently acquired the services of Serge Ibaka, they are reportedly not done tweaking their roster, and, according to CBS Sports, it's likely that the Toronto Raptors may very well make that push by adding more pieces.

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While the Toronto Star reports that the team would want to hold onto a number of their young players, team president Masai Ujiri has said that he still has his phone, which would imply that there will likely be a number of calls both taken and made between now and the NBA trade deadline.

Thus far, the premiere backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry has been a welcome addition to the team. The Raptors, prior to this backcourt, hadn't truly competed or made an impact since the days of Vinsanity, still, even with these talented players, the Raptors have been unable to truly make a dent in a way that really makes a difference.

Acquiring Serge Ibaka recently is certainly a step in the right direction. The defensive-minded big man can space the floor and has been known to put up 20+ point games in his career. As it stands, the Raptors may just be one small tweak away from challenging the Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy, and the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

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