Why the Raptors: Melo needs to go to a place where he will not be in the lime light 24/7 and Toronto could be that place for him. When he played in Denver all I heard about was how great he was and how he will change the game forever, why? No one cares about Denver! The Raptors are young, talented, and quietly go about their business. Along with the quietness Toronto has two former teammates of Melo. During the 2016 Olympics Melo teamed up with DeRozan and Lowry and it seemed to workout pretty well for them. Also, when Melo was up in Toronto for the All-Star break he talked about how beautiful this place was.
This is all great and dandy, but Melo still has a no trade clause and he does not want to leave his home. Even more than that he wants to protect his pride and not let Phil win.