Raptors ready to react to what happens ahead of them on draft night
Old 06-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TORONTO — Bryan Colangelo is heading into the NBA draft with an open mind.

The Toronto Raptors president and GM said he has plenty of irons in the fire leading up to the draft Thursday, trying to ensure he’s in the best possible position to react to and take advantage of any scenario that emerges.

“It’s not a matter of just answering the question vaguely,” Colangelo told reporters Tuesday. “There are literally so many balls up in the air and so many different scenarios could play out at this stage that it’s premature to give any kind of indication.”

Toronto holds the No. 8 overall selection and two in the second round at No. 37 and No. 56. Colangelo said he’s received plenty of interest in his first-round pick and would consider trading it — to either move up in the draft or acquire a veteran player — if the price was right.

Another factor that could impact Colangelo’s draft strategy includes teams potentially trading up past the Raptors for a shot at a player Colangelo covets. With 20-year-old Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto’s 2011 first-round pick, slated to join the squad this season, Colangelo could opt to go with a future pick in 2012 while achieving his goal of improving his team now with the addition of a talented youngster (Valanciunas) and an established veteran in the draft, then using the club’s roughly US$11 million in cap space in free agency.

“So much is speculated above us,” Colangelo said. “All of it is speculation but I truly think there are some legs to some of the conversations because we might even be involved in some of those or feeling our way through a few of the scenarios.

“That’s not to be specific about any of them, it’s just we know No. 8 is certainly in play because there’s a number of teams that have inquired about it and we’ve inquired about a few picks ahead of us to make sure that if we are going to pinpoint one player that we target that we have to move up to get then we would look to do so if necessary.”

However, Colangelo said it’s unfair for Raptors fans to put heavy expectations on the seven-foot Valanciunas, who is a member of the Lithuanian national team.

“We’re excited about what he brings to the table but no one is putting the label of saviour on him,” Colangelo said. “He’s not the immediate ticket to the next level.
Toronto Raptors ready to react as events unfold prior to NBA draft | The Chronicle Herald
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“We’re excited about what he brings to the table but no one is putting the label of saviour on him,” Colangelo said. “He’s not the immediate ticket to the next level.

I guess they all learned a little about this finally. Nice to see at least a little effort to bang the hype down a bit. Whereas I certainly do not see JV as a project, the kid can play already, he certainly isn't close to an all star just yet.
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