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Old 06-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPNís Chad Ford and Mark Stein had the blogs and chat sites buzzing on Monday when they suggested the Raps and Golden State Warriors were both involved in trade discussions with the Houston Rockets for the Toronto pick (No. 8) and Golden State pick at No. 7.

According to ESPN the Rockets would like to obtain the two picks and then package them with assets in a bid to obtain Dwight Howard from Orlando or perhaps move up high enough in the draft to secure the talents of UConn big man Andre Drummond.

The Raptors payoff could be something like point guard Kyle Lowry according to the report.

Whether thereís any merit to the report wonít be known until draft day. Stefanski indicated he had not even heard the report, but then this is hardly the time for any teamís management to be totally forthcoming with the media and by extension the public at large.

Anything heard at this stage in the game with the draft so close has to be viewed with a certain amount of skepticism, whether itís rumours from so-called plugged in media members or comments from team officials whose best interests lie in keeping their plans a secret from the competition.

All that said, the Raptors options are plentiful:

If they keep the pick they can:

1. draft a point guard like Damian Lillard or Kendall Marshall and get a jump on the Toronto introduction for Jose Calderonís heir apparent

2. draft a shooting guard in the mode of Coloradoís Jeremy Lamb, Dukeís Austin Rivers or Syracuseís Dion Waiters and address the lack of a body on the roster who can create his own shot.

3. draft a small forward and address the biggest hole in the Raptors roster, a true scoring wing player.

4. draft the best possible player (in this draft likely a power forward) and use that plethora of talent at the four to orchestrate a trade to address the teams other needs.

If they trade the pick they can:

1. package the pick with an existing asset (say a Johnson, Amir or James) and get a bona fide veteran small forward with a scoring knack and no aversion to defence

2. deal the pick for a point guard (hello Kyle Lowry)

3. deal the pick for two first-round picks (hello again Houston) and address both the shooting guard and the heir apparent to Calderon in the draft (Kendall Marshall and Dion Waiters perhaps).

But that is only the first round taken care of.

The Raptors also have two second-round picks to consider.

The first, No. 37 is a pick the Raptors expect to use.

ďI think at 37 we will get a player and I think we will get a player that will fit a need and hopefully be something that can help us down the road,Ē Stefanski said.

ďThe second round, and Iím not making excuse, but itís somewhere in that 30% chance (for success). If there are 30 players picked, seven to eight can help a team that following year. Itís a small margin but I really believe that at 37 there are enough names there for us to get a guy that can help us and develop. Maybe heís a D-League guy for a while but thereís enough talent at 37.Ē

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