When you consider that Masai Ujiri is a scout at heart who surely lives for the process, lead-up and eventuality of Draft night, it was always hard to see him simply standing by without trying to jump into this year’s Draft.
On that note…
Draft scuttle: Raptors currently have no picks but I’m told they intend to acquire at least one by Thursday night. Second-rounder at worst
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2013
At least one.
While this year’s draft class is unusually weak and seriously devoid of franchise changing talent, there is the potential for teams to find some useful role players deep into the first round and even second round, so the Raptors picking up a pick is still better than watching 60 picks go by without a say.
The question, of course, is what do the Raptors have to give up to get to where Ujiri sees himself in the Draft, and is Andrea Bargnani involved at all? Personally, I can’t wait to find out.
(We didn’t do any draft prospect previews this year without a pick to prepare for, but if you’re looking for a collection of quick writeups on most of the recognizable names, check out theScore.com/nba starting on Monday)