2013 NBA Draft: Despite Efforts, Toronto Raptors Fail to Land a Pick

By Ryan Heckman


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Thursday night, the Toronto Raptors failed to move into the 2013 NBA Draft and were left sitting in the same spot they entered this week with — which isn’t exactly a favorable position.

New general manager Masai Ujiri has his hands full this summer while he tries to get his team back on track. The first order of business he would like to make happen is to get rid of the contract of Andrea Bargnani.

Thursday night, there were plenty of rumors circulating around the Raptors moving up into the draft and possibly dealing Bargnani along with it.

First, Toronto apparently tried to get in at number 13 overall by dealing with the Dallas Mavericks. Obviously the Boston Celtics made that trade happen first, ultimately grabbing Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga.

Next, the Raptors were rumored to have been in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves to snag their late first round pick at 26 but again failed in that effort.

After that idea went out the window, Toronto was exploring just about any options in the second round to try and get a late round pick. With the way it turned out, Raptors fans can’t be too pleased.

Now, Toronto is left with the same squad they carried into last season aside from a couple of free agents. Those free agents do not, unfortunately, include Bargnani or Rudy Gay. Therefore, the team has quite a bit of their salary tied up in those two.

For Toronto to make any progress going forward after failing to land a draft pick, Bargnani is going to have to be moved one way or another — might be much easier said than done.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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