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Report: Raptors ready to trade No. 8 pick, more for swingman

Jun 6, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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Toronto has some players in place, a coach, but they also have a distinct need — they want an established front line wing player. They have set their sights high.

And they will give up their No. 8 overall pick to get it. So reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

And that’s why the Raptors have already made it known to rival teams that their lottery pick on June 28 — No. 8 overall — is available to a trade partner that can provide the elite small forward they seek, according to sources close to the situation.

With a slew of league execs having converged on Chicago this week for the NBA’s annual pre-draft camp, sources told ESPN.com that the Raptors have at least two known trade targets: Memphis swingman Rudy Gay and Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.

It’s going to take more than the No. 8 pick to get those guys. Now, if as Stein suggests, you are talking about throwing in Jose Calderon or Ed Davis… you’re still not there. But you’re getting closer.

Toronto sounds like a team looking to be aggressive this summer. Last season they were a team that showed improvement and if they can keep key guys like Andrea Bargnaini healthy and get DeMar DeRozan more consistent they may be on to something. Plus, they needed a big man but they have young 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas (last draft’s No. 5 pick) coming.

All they need is that wing player.

  1. mungman69 - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Iguodala makes too much money and Toronto won’t take all of his salary.

  2. jimsjam33 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Actually , the Lakers might want to get rid of Ron Artest and his contract for number 8 .

    • raidmagic - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      Might? Thats laughable no way Metta is worth near that.

      • TIB - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM

        LA takes that deal in a heartbeat- the ONLY way that goes down is if LA is giving up Draft picks for the next two years, and even then…

      • zxrated - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

        Metta stepped up when Kobe was out, averaging 23 points a game. People forget how tight he was in Houston and Sac before coming to the Lakers. Ron also carried the Lakers in game 7 of the 2010 finals against the Celtics when Kobe was off. Ron still has enough in the tank for that trade.

    • andylee4sfmvp - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      To everyone who disliked this comment: It’s called sarcasm. I hope. lol

    • passerby23 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

      The Raptors are a young, up-and-coming team. No way they take on an aging, volatile, and declining MWP for the 8th pick.

      Not sure what Memphis gains by giving up Gay. Conley is a solid PG and they have a good core in place. If anything, they should be looking to move a guy like OJ Mayo.

      Maybe the Raptors dangle the 8th pick and Calderon for Tyreke Evans. Sacramento is not sold on him as their future at this point. The Raptors need to get more athletic. Evans can play either guard position, while Calderon is a solid fit in Sacramento and the 8th pick allows them to continue rebuilding. CJ Miles on Utah is an option as well. Wasn’t used much last year and you wouldn’t have to give up much to get him.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Calderon is good.

  4. beagle11 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Landry Fields?

    • soflasfinest - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Are you being serious?

      • beagle11 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        There is no consensus #2 in this draft and your telling me you can absolutely with out a doubt get a player better than a proven starter quality 2 guard in the NBA with the 8th pick?

      • soflasfinest - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        @beagle yes, yes I can I’m just good like that. Maybe if Landry develops a respectable J then maaaybe but that’s not likely.

  5. doctorfootball - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    As much as I like Fields, the kid can’t shoot. He has terrible shooting mechanics. So I don’t see his shot improving much. I would not do that deal if I’m the Raptors. Knicks don’t have much else to offer Raptors.

  6. mydadyourmom - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Gay!

  7. TIB - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    The fact is that Toronto is not touching the tier of SF/SGs with just the #8 (Dion Waiters just isn’t going to get you Iggy or Gay) – they will need to take on some extra salary (which they can do) and most likely have to give up next years #1 (which should still be in the lottery)

    Their probably better suited kicking the tires on Jeff Green and keeping the pick/ trading it for something else

  8. diamondmo33 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Pacers should deal granger for raptors#8

    • manilamobb - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Why would the pacers a young team with money trade away a all star snub like granger for another project with the #8 pick? highly unlikely…but never hurts to hope

    • beagle11 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read in my life.

  9. tomtravis76 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Rebrand the franchise, or at least get a logo and color scheme makeover.

    • philtration - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      When you name your team and create a logo based on a movie that was popular at the time it is no big surprise that it will be dated faster than Kim Kardashian at the NFL combine.

  10. loungefly74 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    hmmm….just thinking how the Lakers could use this to their advantage….

    • trickybastard - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      You mean like giving away Lamar Odom? That type of using information to their advantage?

      • loungefly74 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        fair enough tricky. i gotcha. just sayin..ya never know what could happen. when teams make it known they want to trade…things can get interesting…

    • trickybastard - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I was just giving you a hard time…being a Kings fan (shhh don’t tell anyone). Unfortunately, the Lakers have the advantage of being a “destination” so your point was valid. unfortunately.

  11. trickybastard - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    “all they need is a wing player”

    Well if they trade multiple pieces then they need way more than that. Here’s an idea, how about they draft a wing player?

    Gotta love rumors…

  12. meatloaf025 - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Wes Johnson

  13. bparmalee - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Take Danny Granger…please…. someone…. GSW…. Raptors…… either way my Pacers will be happy. Granger has been great but too many injuries and he is in Georges way.

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