Raptors looking at options ahead of NBA draft
Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet, center, gestures down court as he stands by head coach Nick Nurse, second from right, late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Friday, May 14, 2021. VanVleet did not play in their 114-110 loss to the Mavericks. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:05AM EDT
The Toronto Raptors' general manager says the team is keeping all options open ahead of today's NBA draft.
The Detroit Pistons have the first pick, followed by the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Raptors.
Bobby Webster says the team has narrowed its list of potential players to pick, but it could change depending on the three teams picking ahead of them.
Webster says the team is focusing on which player will be a good long-term fit for the team.
The consensus opinion has been that the first overall pick will be either a one-and-done college player or someone from the G-League development program.
Raptors executives are in Tampa Bay, Fla., for the draft, but Webster says the team has made a Toronto-themed room to show potential signings.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 29, 2021.