Despite reports earlier in the day that the Raptors were looking to make a Lottery splash, the first round of the 2013 Draft came and went without any mention of Toronto (other than Brampton’s Anthony Bennett becoming the first Canadian to go No. 1 overall, of course).
The pick the Raptors surrendered as part of the Kyle Lowry trade turned into Pittsburgh big man Steven Adams, and while overall I don’t think any Raps fans will be complaining, it is important to remember that there’s no telling where the pick may have landed had a Lowry-less Raptors squad been more concerned with continuing to rebuild.
In addition, there’s no telling who the Raptors would have selected had they landed in the No. 12 spot themselves. There were still some intriguing prospects on the board (Canadian Kelly Olynyk, Shabazz Muhammad and Giannis Adetokunbo went 13, 14 and 15 respectively) and in all fairness, we can’t call the deal a win for Toronto until Lowry proves himself as a full-time starter on a good team or until we know what exactly his future is in Toronto.
Other than that, there’s not much to discuss here with regards to the Raptors (but holy hell, what the 2013 Draft lacked in star power, did it ever make up for in trades, headlines and all around craziness?!).
I suppose it’s still possible that a draft-related trade involving the Raptors might come together over the next few days or that a trade for a second round pick materializes as I write this, but for now, it seems as though there’s nothing doing.
On that note, it will be interesting to see how the Andrea Bargnani saga resolves itself over the next couple of weeks, as with the Draft out of the way, I maintain that should a beneficial trade not present itself, the Raptors have to at least consider amnestying the final two years and $22,250,000 remaining on Bargnani’s contract.