The Raptors made some excellent moves prior to the deadline. Adding Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker greatly improves Toronto’s defense and adds versatility to the roster. Both can defend multiple positions and play different roles offensively. But, the Raptors plans had a wrench thrown in them with Kyle Lowry’s injury.
Lowry is set to undergo surgery on his right wrist. The injury could keep Lowry out for the remainder of the regular season. It is a huge blow for the Raptors, who have Eastern Conference aspirations. There will be even more pressure on the shoulders of DeMar DeRozan as the Raptors look to replace Lowry.
They have a strong backup in Cory Joseph, but after that it gets thin. Seldom used Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright are the only other point guards on the roster; are the Raptors comfortable giving them minutes in a playoff push?
Bringing in a veteran such as Jennings would give the team insurance in case Lowry is unable to return at all this season. The Raptors surrendered very little for Ibaka and Tucker, but those moves will be for naught if they cannot find a way to try and replace Lowry’s production.
Jennings could step in right away and help replace some of it. He is not on Lowry’s level but would probably provide an improvement over youngster VanVleet and Wright.