According to Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN, the Houston Rockets are extremely high on center Andre Drummond and power forward John Henson and are looking to trade up in the draft. Both the Kings (No. 5) and Raptors (No. 8) have reportedly made their picks available to the Rockets with the asking price reportedly starting with all-star point guard Kyle Lowry.
Averaging over 14.4 PPG, 6.6 APG, and a 18.89 PER, Lowry is one of the more productive point guards in the game, Only Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Tony Parker and Ty Lawson has higher PERs having played at least 60 games.
By acquiring Lowry, this would likely result in no Steve Nash in Toronto. To be honest, getting a younger, better defending point guard makes more sense than getting Nash for the tail end of his career.
Another trade scenario could see the Raptors trade down from No. 8 to No. 14 and send Jose Calderon in the deal and see the Raptors select at No. 14 and get Lowry too.
With a deal possibly in place, it opens the door for GM Bryan Colangelo to scour the free agent market in search for that small forward that has eluded the team since the days of Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, and to a lesser extent, Jalen Rose. The team could also look for a shooting guard to back up DeMar DeRozan.
Players like Gerald Wallace, Gerald Green, Mickael Pietrus, Carlos Delfino, C.J. Miles, and Jodie Meeks could all fit in very nicely on the Raptors roster.
If the Raptors are able to get Lowry for just the eighth pick, expect Jose Calderon to be shipped out for a small forward. Again, this is where the Bulls rumor for Luol Deng hits the fan. The trade would make sense as it gives the Bulls cap space, but also a replacement point guard for the injured Derrick Rose.
For the Raptors, even though Deng had a decrease in numbers last year, he is still a consistent 15 PPG scorer, while shooting the ball incredibly efficiently before the start of last year. A career average of 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from three would give the Raptors likely their best perimeter shooter since Anthony Parker.
If there are two things you can take from this article, here they are. The Raptors appear to be very open to trading out of the first round, and they really want to find a replacement for Jose Calderon sooner rather than later, mostly due to the fact he expires at the end of the season.