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Raptors Best Option? Trade Down.

So what is the Raptors greatest need?  An arguement can be made for PG, C and SF.  There are many interesting names that will be there at 5 and if the Raptors think PG is their biggest need and Walker is there do they take him?  I don't think so.  Nothing against Walker, I love his game and would love to see him in Toronto, but we need vets (and by vets I'm not talking old guys necessarily), but guys that understand the NBA game, who have had some success in the league.  Here are a few scenarios:

1)  Trade 5th pick to Timberwolves for Luke Ridnour and pick #20.  Why?  Well with Rubio coming over and also having Flynn and Telfair on their roster for PG, Ridnour is expendable and has more value and a salary Minnesota would like to dump of $4M and one that shouldn't scare Toronto away.  So moving from pick 5 to pick 20, who will be there?  There is a chance that Tobias Harris -SF - out of Tenn will be there.  He's a bit raw but his numbers were good 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 46% from field and 75% from the line.  Kenneth Faried is another option... projected PF/C in NBA he pounds the glass.  Averaging 14.5rbg last season... a fluke? Nope 13rpg in his junior and sophmore years. Also 62% from the field and 17.3ppg.  Other possible notable names: Lucas Riva Nogueira, Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt.

2) Another trade partner could be Utah.  They hold the #12 pick and could be looking to move up to 5 (in addition to having #3) to retool some aging positions.  This deal would likely require players from both teams... I don't want to target a Raptor player moving, but the player of interest from Utah would be CJ Miles.  He a SF/SG that would compliment DeRozen and take some pressure off of him from the outside.  I like his game and would fit well with the players we have.  So who's there at #12?  I really like Jordan Hamilton here.  He's the same type of player in he's a SG/SF he can rebound and score and is 3pt threat.  So why build up on SG/SF?  Big weakness last year was consistency outside.  These 2 players in Miles and Hamilton will drastically improve that.  DeRozen is/can still be the guy, but now he doesn't have to carry us.  Hamilton averaged 18.6ppg and 7.7rpg and 38% from 3pt land.  If you are looking for another option, I have to mention Donatas Motiejunas - C from Lithuania.  He reminds me a lot of Shawn Bradley, tall and lean.  He fills a hole at C and allows Andrea to have a defined position.  I don't know much about his game or stats to be honest, but apparently he can dunk without leaving his feet!  A name that I think will fall to this spot too is Kawhi Leonard, not because of skill but because of school - SDU has only 1 player in school history to be drafted first round - Michael Cage.  I also really like Klay Thompson, but cant see us drafting a true SG this year with the other holes to fill.

3)  I'll give you one more scenario.  Trade with Indiana our #5 for their #15 and Brandon Rush (again others may be involved, but key player and picks here).  Rush basically fills the same holes we have just a different name on the jersey.  The interesting thing here is the names that are available here at pick 15 that wouldn't be there at 20.  Chris Singleton is likely there at 15, not likely there at 20 and maybe a stretch at 12.  Tristan Thompson is likely here at this spot.  I love the Canadian content here, but that aside, will he fill a hole?  Limited outside range but good on boards and can shot block... plays more like PF but would certainly add depth... from a team need standpoint, I don't believe he's the guy... from a fan standpoint... instant fan favorite!!!

In a nutshell, I've tried to outline the options and show the benifits of trading out of #5.  The names and teams here were based on salary cap, team need (from Raptors standpoint) and my opinion on how they should handle the draft.  The Raptors are not a championship calibre team by a long shot at this point, and I don't see any 1 guy at #5 being the missing piece to get us there.  If we keep the pick I think Kemba Walker is the way to go (assuming Knight is off the board). 

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