According to a report on ESPN, the Toronto Raptors are in full buy-mode and appear ready to make a move this offseason. According to the report, the Raptors are looking to shop their eighth overall draft selection in this year's NBA draft in an attempt to acquire a big name, established wing player.
The discussion starts with the Grizzlies' small forward Rudy Gay, who has been a target for trade rumors the past few years actually. Having nearly averaged a block per game and over a steal per game, the Raptors would be getting a lengthy forward who knows how to defend. Not only will the Raptors be getting a capable defender, they will more than likely get a 1A or 1B scoring option in Gay.
Not since the days of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady would the Raptors have a 3-man with that much talent.
The players more than likely being shipped out of town appear to be the expiring Jose Calderon, young big man Ed Davis, and their eighth overall selection in this year's draft.
In some developing news, ESPN updated the report and added the name Andre Iguodala to the mix. Even though the Sixers competed well this year, the long-term contract Iguodala possesses seems to be a hindrance to the team.
After next season, the Sixers will have a young core developing, and along with the huge expiring contract of Elton Brand, they will be able to make a move toward the top of the standings after next season.
However, I believe a third team may have to get involved to get Iguodala to Toronto just because of the contract length and the fact I wouldn't trade a young Davis and high pick for a slightly regressing Iguodala.
Another couple of names to be on the lookout for are Indiana's Danny Granger and Atlanta's Josh Smith, although I think going after Marvin Williams on the cheap may be the smarter move. I'm not saying these guys have come up in trade talks, just that they are a couple of guys who may find their names in trade rumors sooner rather than later.
This attempt to grab a swingman via trade seems to be a precursor to the move that most NBA execs expect to happen, and that's the Raptors courting Canadian Steve Nash. Having an All-Star swingman come to the fold, and the Raptors' fifth overall selection from last season, Jonas Valanciunas, come into the fold, Colangelo and the Raptors want to entice Nash to sign in Toronto.
If the Raptors manage to land a small forward (Gay, Iguodala, Granger, Smith), Nash, and bring Valanciunas into the fold, the Raptors won't be competing for a playoff spot, but rather home-court advantage in the first round at the end of the day.
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