The season is nigh 24 hours old, but it’s never too early to start thinking about trade season. That’s what the Raptors 905 have in mind, at least, as they made two separate moves today to acquire Eric Moreland and Kyle Collinsworth — who both played for the Raptors in the preseason.
Official: We've acquired G/F Kyle Collinsworth & C Eric Moreland. #RoadToTheSix— Raptors 905 (@Raptors905) October 18, 2018
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Moreland, a centre from the Canton Charge, was traded for the returning player rights of Kyle Wiltjer. The big man has played 78 NBA games already, and averaged 4.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in three preseason appearances. He was maybe the most NBA-ready of the guys on the end of the bench this fall, and now the Raptors can take a longer look and have him available if need be.
Collinsworth, a guard slash forward from the Texas Legends, was traded for the returning player rights of CJ Leslie and Kennedy Meeks. You may remember Collinsworth as the guy who started that one game in Utah, as the Provo native got a chance to have his name read loudly in his home state. He played in a couple other games for the Raptors too, totalling three points, four rebounds, and four assists. Collinsworth has played in 32 NBA games with the Dallas Mavericks.
Altogether, a move that solidifies the Raptors’ mood board for the players they want on the periphery in the upcoming season, as a couple guys — Kennedy Meeks most notably — are off for different places in the G League.