Toronto Raptors: Use the pick as part of a trade package for a top player
This is where the move up to four becomes really interesting, especially in a draft that features four guys scouts are drooling over. Had the Raptors remained in the seventh slot or dropped, the pick is not nearly as valuable for obvious reasons.
Now they have another legitimate asset to dangle to teams who have either grown tired of one of their top players or whose All-star wants out.
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There is Bradley Beal who has said all the right things and appears happy to stay in D.C. after his name surfaced in trade rumours last year.
Then there is Ben Simmons who appears to be just about out of time in Philadelphia. He badly needs a change of scenery and a nurturing environment to rebuild his confidence – which Toronto can certainly provide.
It just seems like a tough deal to pull of considering the financials (Kyle Lowry would almost certainly have to be sign-and-traded to make it work). All due respect to the greatest Raptor of all time, but is Lowry and the fourth selection enough for Simmons?
That is without even factoring in 76ers GM Daryl Morey who is impossible to pull a fast one on. Perhaps Phily would covet Siakam more but then the Raptors appear to be treading water in their core.
This one just does not make sense to me especially when factoring in that it is a trade within the division, which definitely can happen, but is a tiny bit less likely.
That doesn’t mean the fourth and other assets cannot be moved for a star. Every few months seems to bring another top flight NBA player looking for a move somewhere else. If it happens in the next month, the Raptors will be armed to pounce.
What do you think the Raptors will do with the fourth pick in the NBA Draft? If they keep it, who do you think they will select? Let us know in the comments below