Talking Raptors and NBA Draft and will be updated all day. Here we go:
@ParmB: Does the Waiters hype have smoke-screen written in glowing-neon capitals or what?
That’s what I was told last night and it is what I believe – but Woj is the league’s most plugged-in reporter, so if he says it can happen, I can’t totally discount it.
@MikeBartoch: Would you deal #8 for Lowry and 12?
Yes but Houston would not. Plus with the team believing it strongly is in the running for Steve Nash, there is a reluctance to make a move for Lowry at this point.
@jdrab: If Waiters go #4, Lillard #6, is Austin Rivers the pick at #8?
Not if Harrison Barnes is on the board or if a team comes calling for Drummond. Rivers remains in the mix, but he’d be a consolation prize.
@A2K81: Any surprise draft predictions a la Tristan Thompson from last year’s draft?
Another Canadian, Andrew Nicholson will go higher than people think. Jared Sullinger won’t free-fall too far, Royce White could crack end of lottery or just beyond.
@GraffAttack: Chances the raps trade down a bit to land Kendall Marshall if Lillard and Waiters are gone?
If Lillard, Waiters, Barnes gone, hearing trade down very much an option. Don’t think Marshall interests them though.
@GetBigPicture: Other than the Rockets, are the Raps getting any interest from teams looking to trade up to 8?
Yes, have been told a lot of offers have come in, some good ones that Raptors are pondering.
@JealousTweeter: If Drummond is available do the Raptors take him if he’s the most valuable aset and try and trade him?
Been told it is possible, but more likely they just pick somebody they like.
@lorefice1: Any solid chance Barnes slips to Raptors?
Wouldn’t say solid chance, but there is a scenario where it happens. Assuming Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal go 1-3 and MKG, Waiters, Lillard, Drummond are next four picks, Barnes would be there. Golden State and Sacramento probably the keys in terms of Barnes.
@AnandPersaud04: Any chance Raptors move up in the draft at all?
Still unlikely, but strange things happen once the picks start getting called.
@DJXS: Coverage is at 7 pm but do you know what time the actual draft starts?
Should be around 7:35.
@Doug_Bethune: What does your gut tell you the Raps do at 8?
Draft Barnes, Waiters or Lillard if they are there and in that order if somehow all three magically are on the board. If all gone they probably roll dice on Rivers.
@1K_Lutch: If Drummond slips to 8 will BC be able to overcome temptation of a JV and Drummond frontcourt? If so, Bargs on the block?
The Raptors will not try to develop two extremely young 7-footers at the same time. The focus is on Valanciunas, they want someone who can get in the rotation now and put points on the board, not a project. And no, Bargnani not on the block.
@MitchThompson93: Would the Warriors take DeMar for the 7th pick? Would the Raps do that? Am I crazy?
I think it would take more than DeMar to get 7 and Demar and 8 is far too much to move up a spot. If Warriors think DeRozan can play the three, he’d be a nice fit since he gets to the line and they already have shooters. Couldn’t see Raptors keeping 7 and 8 in that scenario. Hopefully you’re not crazy.
@hammyahol: Just curious. What does a team do in the war room if they trade a pick?
Good question. Celebrate if it’s a heist. Look forlorn as players they like go off the board? They might try to trade back in and also might have other picks to worry about like second rounders so it wouldn’t clear out or anything like that. Lots of trade discussion going on all evening.
@Daoud_S: The worst case scenario has to be no Lillard and Waiters on the board & Drummond there? Why not draft him to keep him?
See the other Drummond answer.
@Newpunkroy: Barnes Waiters and Lillard gone. What do you think Colangelo would do if no trade on the table? Rivers? Lamb? No way Drummond?
Both guys possible. Drummond only if they can get something and move back a bit.
@andrew2doucette: I just want to know if Barnes falling to 8 is as real as they are making it sound. Thought?
Who is they? It’s far more likely not to happen than to happen. Someone would have to take Waiters and Lillard and Sacramento or who they trade with would have to not take Barnes. So possible, but wouldn’t bet heavily on it.
Updated 3:30 p.m. Thursday