Toronto Raptors Looking to Acquire the No. 22 Pick in Upcoming NBA Draft

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Toronto Raptors Looking to Acquire the No. 22 Pick in Upcoming NBA Draft
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Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri

The Toronto Raptors are in talks to acquire another first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft on Thursday.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter), Toronto is engaging in trade dialogue with the Memphis Grizzlies that would see the Raptors acquire the Grizzlies’ 22nd overall pick.

Going back the other way would be Raptors swingman John Salmons and the 37th pick. Stein reports that Toronto would also have to take back Grizzlies small forward Tayshaun Prince in the trade.

Trading the 34-year-old Prince—who has one year left on a contract that will pay him $7.7 million next season—would be a salary dump for Memphis. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 76 games for the Grizzlies last season.

Salmons, also 34, averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 60 games with the Raptors last season. He was acquired by Toronto last December as part of the Rudy Gay trade.

Memphis would be interested in Salmons because the contract that would pay him $7 million next season can be bought out for $1 million if he is waived before July 30, 2014. This gives the Grizzlies a chance to create significant salary space on their roster in order to make other moves.

If this trade goes through, it would give the Raptors the No. 20 and No. 22 picks in the draft.

Toronto has been linked to Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis in the past, and Ennis has already gone on record saying that he “would love to play in Toronto,” per Doug Smith of thestar.com.

Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez were the two main point guards for the Raptors last season, but both are currently free agents. This means that drafting Ennis would give Toronto some insurance if one of Lowry or Vasquez leave town.

Aside from Ennis, the Raptors also have interest in Swiss big man Clint Capela, according to Holly MacKenzie of Raptors.com. Toronto was impressed with Capela during his predraft workout with the team and likes his length and agility.

According to SLAM Magazine’s Jake Fischer (via Twitter), Capela’s camp already believes that the Raptors will be selecting him with the No. 20 pick.

Having two first-round draft picks would give Toronto the flexibility to make some other moves as well. It’s even possible that Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri could try to move up in the draft by using those two picks in another trade.

 

*All stats are from basketball-reference.com

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