1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: (trade their pick) Derrick Williams
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter
5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, or Kawhi Leonard, or Jonas Valanciunas, or Jan Vesely
In this the worst-case scenario, the Raptors end up with a choice between Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard, Jonas Valanciunas or Jan Vesely.
First off, do not get me wrong, all four of these guys are good prospects that would help the Raptors. That being said, none of them can help the Raptors as much as Brandon Knight would have.
So how can the Raptors turn this bad situation into something good…
Make a bad situation better—trade the fifth overall pick?
To get the most value for their pick, the Raptors would have to wait until draft day when they are on the clock. This is because there are too many questions arising after the first overall pick. For example…
Second overall: Will Minnesota keep or trade their pick?
Third overall: Will Utah luck out and get Williams? If not, will they take Brandon Knight or Enes Kanter?
Fourth overall: Who will Cleveland take? And ultimately, who will still be on the board come the fifth overall pick?
Because of all these questions, the Raptors will not be able to trade their pick before draft day and will instead have to wait until they are on the clock.
However, in the mean time the Raptors can still prepare for this by officially letting other teams know that they are listening to offers for their fifth overall pick and that it is in fact available…for the right price.