In an attempt to stand ethically correct, the Raptors decided not to lose on purpose and are now stuck in pre-free agency limbo.
The 2012 NBA draft is sure to produce many valuable players but in terms of "stars," many consider this a top heavy draft class.
With the eighth overall pick Toronto has a few options. They can settle for a long-term piece such as Perry Jones III or they can gamble with high risk-high reward players such as Damian Lillard or Austin Rivers. After four losing seasons, it seems everyone in Toronto wants nothing other than a playoff team next season.
So what now? The Raptors must strike while the iron is hot and make any trade decisions early before other teams have time to adjust their rosters and prevent any assets from falling through the cracks.
Toronto has over $25 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax and the consensus amongst fans is that when Toronto decides it's time to win, they should do it with everything they've got and avoid turning into the Toronto Maple Leafs (i.e not being good enough to win, but not being bad enough to snag a top pick).
Luckily the NBA is wide open with dozens of trade possibilities for Bryan Colangelo and us fans to fiddle around with. So without further ado, here are some smart trade possibilities that could propel Toronto into the playoffs next season.