The Toronto Raptors parted ways with a head coach who was coming off a 59-win season–and could be named Coach of the Year–but the organization may not be done making big moves.
According to the New York Times, every player on the Raptors’ roster is available as the team tries to acquire a lottery pick. With the league shifting toward young, athletic teams, Masai Ujiri could be looking to get younger and more versatile, moving away from the Raptors’ isolation offense.
Toronto played exceedingly well during the 2017-18 season, but its problems throughout the past few years plagued the Raptors once again against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And as teams like the Cavaliers and LA Clippers look to remain in contention, it’s possible that the Raptors part with Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan to reload with a younger option that new head coach Nick Nurse can groom.
Cleveland, for example, could look to add a player like DeRozan in an attempt to retain LeBron as he looks at free agency. The Cavaliers hold the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s draft, which takes place in Brooklyn, NY, courtesy of the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics.
The Raptors have a host of young players they could look to build around, including Delon Wright, Fred VanVleet, O.G. Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Jakob Poeltl. Other veterans of interest to other teams could include Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.
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