|Toronto Raptors 2012 Draft Preview |
|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
The Raptors feel they have enough young talent with upside on hand and would like to add an established veteran wing player with a defensive mindset or a solid young point guard.
Both Chicago's Luol Deng and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala figure to be on the trading block and liked by both Golden State, which has the No. 7 overall pick, as well as Toronto, which sits at eight. Meanwhile, Houston point guard Kyle Lowry is also an option for the Raptors.
If unable to acquire a veteran, the Dinos will likely go the best player available route among the wing players left with Washington forward Terrence Ross and UConn shooting guard Jeremy Lamb as the two most likely options available.
Players Under Contract: F/C: Andrea Bargnani; G: Jose Calderon; F: Ed Davis; G: DeMar DeRozan; F: Gary Forbes; C/F: Amir Johnson; F: James Johnson; F/G: Linas Kleiza
Free agents: C: Solomon Alabi (team option); G-F: Alan Anderson (restricted); G: Jerryd Bayless (restricted); C: Aaron Gray; C: Jamaal Magloire; G: Ben Uzoh (restricted)
Recent Draft History: 2011: Jonas Valanciunus (5) 2010: Ed Davis (13) 2009: DeMar DeRozan (9) 2008: Roy Hibbert (17) 2007: No Picks
Draft picks: 1st round (8th overall), 2nd round (37th overall, 56th overall)