Title: Murphy: What might it cost the Raptors to move into the draft?
Date: June 15, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at possible ways the Raptors could move into the draft, since they are without a pick this year.
While all of the focus around the Toronto Raptors has understandably fallen on their head coaching search and the introduction of Nick Nurse in that role, there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes ahead of the NBA’s busiest couple of weeks of the year. Free agency is just over two weeks away, and we’ve officially entered NBA Draft Week.
That event takes place on June 21, and the Raptors don’t have a pick — they traded a first- and second-rounder (acquired from Orlando) to unload DeMarre Carroll last summer and had previously included their own second-rounder in the P.J. Tucker acquisition. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Raptors won’t be active. They would like to move into the draft if the price is right, and president Masai Ujiri has been consistent in making it seem like the team is exploring every option to improve the roster. If that winds up including the purchase of a draft pick or a trade for one, there should be options available to them.