Consider making another big splash
After these two priorities are taken care of, it’s time for Ujiri and Lowry (or just Ujiri, or just Lowry, or neither of them?) to take a hard look at this team.
As Ujiri stated in his last media availability before the offseason, it’s all about winning a championship. But in the modern NBA, can you possibly win a title without having at least one bona fide superstar?
Using their lottery pick to select a top prospect would be a more than acceptable decision, but what if the team could package that pick with a couple of players for one of the league’s top stars? The Wizards’ Bradley Beal has been linked to Toronto before. Minnesota is starting fresh with a new ownership group. Portland could be headed for a blow-up if they don’t make a deep playoff run this year.
The NBA moves at warp speed, and bonds that once seemed permanent can be broken in a matter of days. Up until Adam Silver puts the Raptors on the clock, they need to shop that pick and see what they can get for it.
If they are to use the pick, getting either a wing scorer or a centre should be prioritized. Baylor’s bruising point guard Davion Mitchell has been linked to the team, but selecting him would be predicated on Lowry leaving town.
He may not be available depending on where the Raptors land, but USC centre Evan Mobley would be the Raptors’ dream draft choice. A solid rebounder who averaged 16.4 points for the Trojans last season, Mobley would solve Toronto’s centre woes. Speaking of the centre position…