The Toronto Raptors were unable to move into the draft Thursday. General manager Bobby Webster did his best to explain here:
Here’s a quick look at some of his quotes:
You probably have to ask the other teams to be honest. I think we had a few things early, a few things in the middle and a few things late. I think we thought they were close, but you don’t really know...I don’t think one player got traded tonight. I don’t know if something’s going on around the league and people are a little hesitant with personnel and just wanted to do draft picks tonight and we didn’t have a draft pick so we got shut out.
‘We were thinking this has to be the first time in history that one actual player under contract hasn’t gotten traded. Maybe some uncertainty with salaries, where things are headed. I couldn’t really tell you right now. Ill probably have a better answer in the morning.
New head coach Nick Nurse was at the BioSteel Centre to discuss the draft beforehand, too: