10) Lamar Patterson: Aaaah, my second-round sleeper. Patterson isn’t even on most mock drafts but I think he’s going to find a role in the league. He’s simply got one of the sweetest shooting strokes in the country and had a very productive season at PITT last year. If the Raptors don’t grab him in the second-round, I’m hoping he shows up on the club’s Summer League roster.
2. Small forward: The Raptors will have to make a decision on 2012 first-rounder Terrence Ross after next season, but his production as a first-time starter was not ideal. Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early would be a nice contrast to Ross as a backup who also could push him for the starting job.
Just watching the hangout and Augustine just said rumour has it that Miami will go after Lowry. Any chance he bolts to join lbj?
Not sure if it was posted here but on Shaqtin A Fool Finale they asked DeRozan if he could sing the Canadian Anthem and ……:
It’s hard to say what value they have as a combined trade asset. Do the Raptor take back a bad contract as well? You’d have to get a lottery pick to make it worthwhile. I’m guessing you start with Sacramento at 8 or Charlotte at 9, maybe one of them bites. Maybe Denver at 11 would have some interest. Minnesota at 13 and Phoenix at 14 make some sense. Would Boston consider trading Wallace + 6th pick for Amir + Ross + 20th pick + NY 2016 1st rounder pick? Probably not.
It is pretty clear that Masai Ujiri wants to keep the current team intact as best as he can. When asked about keeping the nucleus together on the radio show, Sportsnet 590 The Fan, he stated: “We have to use our instincts now to grow our roster and add pieces that are somehow not going to stop other guys from progressing. Players progress with playing time, with experience. We have to get them to keep growing. I think staying together and consistency are very important for our program now.” I personally like this strategy, except it’s not going to be an easy task with the lack of salary cap space.
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