Russ Smith seems like a Casey type of guy
What if we traded Lowry for Nash and the 7th pick ,
And DD for the 9th pick and Henderson,
And who knows, maybe package those two picks to get a higher pick?
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When are the Raptors going to workout players that can "actually" play??
Besides Ennis last week, they worked out a bunch of scrubs. All the guys they worked out today will be nothing but bench warmers in the NBA.
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2nd Rounders= best bang for your buck.
Besides the franchise-type players in this draft, I think that the 2nd round picks have the potential to be very valuable to many teams such as the Raptors who could (potentially) be striving to keep the team salary as low as possible in anticipation of going for an established superstar.
Payton's stock seems to be rising. As does Clarkson's. If we can one of Payton, Clarkson, or Ennis, I would be very satisfied.
We could use our late 2nd round pick on a 7 footer as a reserve player, and perhaps bring in SF with the 37th pick
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Boston had just about every SF that we might look at in for their workout today. Kyle Anderson (UCLA); DeAndre Daniels (UConn); Cleanthony Early (Wichita State); P.J. Hairston (North Carolina/Texas Legends of the NBA Development League); K.J. McDaniels (Clemson); and T.J. Warren (North Carolina State).
Other than Hairston who projects as 2 rather than a 3 these are the guys in the Raps snack bracket at 20 if we go SF. Any body find anything on how the one on ones went with this group ?
Uber-athlete? Yes. Tons of potential? Yes. POINT GUARD prospect? He's not even on the same page as Payton or Ennis.
Word from Celtics workout is that Kyle Anderson stood out, but all fared well - TJ Warren, PJ Hairston, C Early, D Daniels, KJ McDaniels.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 3, 2014
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I. Want. BACHYNSKI!!!!
So anyone asking for anyone else at 59: you're wrong >.< nanana booboo
I don't have ESPN Insider, but Hoopshype has posted a lot of interesting quotes from the new Chad Ford article
Multiple league sources say that there are a surprising number of top picks for "sale" this year. "I thought getting a lottery pilck via trade would be virtually impossible this year," one NBA GM told Insider. "It's not. There are a lot of teams in the lottery right now that would prefer a proven player. A lot of owners have lots their patience with the rebuilding process."Among the teams that would be open to trading their lottery pick? It's highly likely that the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz are all holding their picks.Some good tidbits for Raptor fans. Anyone have Insider to see if there is further information provided on these items, or other intriguing information about the draft?Look for the Bucks, Hawks, Mavs, Blazers and Raptors to be especially busy trying to move up or acquire a second pick."
Raptors director of scouting Dan Tolzman:
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/...014-nba-draft/On impressions of the draft as a whole:
“It’s great. It’s extremely talented this year. I think … it’s a very good draft to have three [picks]. We’re kind of all across the board, too, at 20, 37 and 59. There is going to be a player on the board at all of those picks.”
On trading up in the draft:
“You’ve got to be realistic. It’s hard to move up in the draft. Every year, everyone complains about the draft all year long. And then when the draft comes around, everyone loves their draft pick and never want to trade it, because they fall in love with somebody.”
On whether his opinions change during draft workouts:
“We might have a list of, say, 10 guys or whatever. The order of that, we don’t know what that is. They’re all kind of bunched together. If they can come in and compete in workouts, and hopefully go up against one another if we can set that up, that’s where the jockeying for the position within that list happens. Workouts, they’re important. But we’ve seen these guys so many times. Seeing them in live action is the key anyway.”
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Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
However, after pick No. 5 things are much more fluid. Sources say that the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are all open to offers.
While picks No. 5-14 don't hold the same value as a top-4 pick in this draft (which explains why so many anonymous GMs are now suddenly praising the middle of the lottery and questioning whether there really is a top tier of four players) there still is a lot of talent at this point in the draft and a number of bad teams would love to get their hands on a second pick.
While the Celtics, Lakers, Kings, Hornets, Wolves and Suns aren't likely to get an All-Star for their picks, they should be able to score players or multiple assets that help their teams right now. Look for the Bucks, Hawks, Mavs, Blazers and Raptors to be especially busy trying to move up or acquire a second pick.sound pretty unlikely that Payton will still be there at our pickAll three players helped themselves at the NBA combine, despite not playing in the drills. Their measurements and athletic testing were terrific. And all three were impressive in their individual workout sessions that Insider saw in New York and L.A.
I think Smart still has the lead over those other two and is most likely the second point guard taken after Dante Exum. Depending on where Exum goes, Smart could go as high as No. 4 to the Magic.
Payton appears to be closing the gap considerably -- something reflected in Payton's move to No. 13 on our Big Board. Several team sources say he's in the mix at No. 8 in Sacramento after a terrific workout there. The Hornets at No. 9 and the Magic at No. 12 are possibilities, as well. I doubt he gets past the Bulls or Raptors in the mid-first round.
Ennis is also more than holding his own and looks to be sitting in that same range between No. 8 and No. 20.
LaVine has more upside than either of them imo. More bust potential as well. But then I guess it depends on what you mean by "best" prospect. Ennis is definitely the safest one, but he has the least upside of the 3 imo.
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