The Raptors don't have any picks ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft, but that doesn't mean Toronto won't be busy on Thursday night.
With a focus on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Raptors are pursuing a trade to acquire a top-10 pick, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Draft scuttle: Hearing Toronto is exploring all of its trade options in hopes of assembling a deal to acquire a draft pick high enough to select Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 18, 2018
According to one league source, no one on Toronto's roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick https://t.co/AZzCv8fPXD- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 18, 2018
The former Kentucky star and Hamilton native hasn't worked out for any teams or revealed much about his pre-draft process, but he is expected to be a lottery pick and could land in the top 10. The 6-6 guard emerged as the Wildcats' top prospect after averaging 14.4 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game as a freshman. Gilgeous-Alexander is capable of playing the traditional point guard role while also finishing around the basket, and his size and wingspan offer versatility on the defensive end.
If the Raptors are hoping to jump high enough in the draft order to snag Gilgeous-Alexander, they must be willing to move either Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan this offseason. After firing Dwane Casey and promoting Nick Nurse, it's clear Toronto will make big changes if necessary, and trading a member of its All-Star backcourt would certainly qualify.
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