The Toronto Raptors and Bryan Colangelo were gift wrapped a stud center at fifth overall last night in Jonas Valanciunas, widely regarded was a top player in this draft class.
ESPN's Ric Bucher went as far as saying the Raptors pick of Valanciunas will go down as the biggest steal of the 2011 NBA draft. Pretty high praise for the Lithuanian.
Personally, this move, coupled with the comments made by Dwane Casey that the team will push hard for a center in free agency, could spell the end of Andrea Bargnani in a Raptors jersey.
By the looks of the situation, Valanciunas will not be a Raptor next season (if there is a season) due to buyout questions with his club team back in Europe. What that means is, if the Raptors do get that center via free agency (such as Marc Gasol, Nene, Tyson Chandler, or Samuel Dalembert), Bargnani will have one year to show whether he can hack it at power forward in the NBA.
There are no questions regarding his offence, but it's his play away from the ball, his defence, rebounding and overall effort that are still the major question marks regarding the Italian's future with the Raptors organization.
If things don't work out, here are five deals I feel the Raptors could make to improve their team.