Toronto Raptors Could Look To Trade First Round Pick

The NBA Playoffs are in full swing and before you know it the NBA Draft will be upon us as well. The Toronto Raptors are coming off a 23-43 and have the chance of getting a top tier draft pick. There could be a possibility of the Raptors trading their top draft pick if they do happen to get lucky and land within the top 10 or so.

Terrence Jones, Perry Jones and Harrison Barnes could all be possible targets for the Raptors unless they decide to trade the draft pick to another team. There are some teams that might want to move up this draft to upgrade their team or possibly pick some caution players in case one star goes down.

Two teams that might be interested in a trade with the Raptors are the Chicago Bulls or the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Bulls are expected to be without Derrick Rose next season due to his knee ligament injury he suffered in the first round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bulls may miss Luol Deng for a period of time if Deng decides to play in the summer Olympics instead of having wrist surgery. The Bulls also have $60 million committed to only six players and could be prone to luxury tax if they do not settle salary cap issues. The Bulls may have to make a tough salary cap dump in order to save their team. Deng could be a viable option to go. He is owed $13.3 million

The Grizzlies are in the same boat as the Bulls are in. They have a lot of money committed to little players, $59.5 million to six players to be exact and might need to make a salary cap dump to save the team. The problem with the Grizzlies is that they might have to trade one of their best players in Rudy Gay to save their roster. Gay would make the Raptors a playoff contender but is earning the maximum salary over three years.

These teams have tough decisions to make and it is going be interesting to see what the Raptors are going to do.

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