The only thing that moves the needle in the East is a broken leg for LeBron. Unfortunately, you can’t trade for that.
The Raptors are definitely not a free agent destination, and their GM is smart in recognizing this and going after what he can afford. Their ceiling is really low. They depend on developing their players, continuity, hitting big in the draft (while drafting far from the lottery — so you have to take chances, like in the Bruno Caboclo situation) and reversing the course of stagnating/descending careers. It’s possible they take the next step, but not probable. Having a smart GM helps a lot. They’re betting that Ibaka can be for them what Sheed was for the Pistons.