Draft day is here. Who lives, who dies, power lies where men believe it lies.
This is what ESPN says:
Harrison Barnes. Analysis: This is actually Plan B for the Raptors and it’s a great one for them. They need shooting and looked at a number of veteran small forwards at this spot. They really like Barnes, and he’s a very easy fit for them. This is a home-run scenario for Toronto.
Trade Scenarios: The Raptors have discussed getting a veteran small forward or point guard here. There has been talk that they would like the Rockets’ Kyle Lowry, but they want to keep their salary flexibility going into the summer. They’ve also explored moving up to No. 5 to get their hands on Waiters or Barnes.
Raptors’ Big Board:
1. Dion Waiters
2. Harrison Barnes
3. Damian Lillard
4. Austin Rivers
5. Jeremy Lamb
There’s talk of Steve Nash joining the Raptors which makes no sense and needs to put to rest, there’s also the Kyle Lowry trade talk which would solve an immediate need and makes more sense. After all, one can’t really have too many expectations from an 8th pick and Lowry would be fair barter (unfortunately, the Rockets are wanting a higher pick). Draft day is a chance to completely rebuild and realign your team, but that’s only if one has a plan and a fair set of assets. Other than the 8th pick and Calderon’s expiring contract, there’s not much Colangelo can dangle in front of teams. Oh, there’s also some TPE lying around which we can use but historically, never do.
Get ready for an anti-climatic day – if, at the end of the day the Raptors find themselves with a new starting point guard and/or a small forward “for the future”, consider it a good day.
Party tonight – St. Louis at Yonge/College.
We’ll update the post throughout the day.