The Raptors are hoping to acquire a top pick and select Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in Thursday’s NBA Draft, according to a report from the New York Times.
Toronto does not currently have a selection in this year’s draft, but the team is looking to move into the top-10 to land the 6-6 guard. No player on the Raptors roster is off limits in a trade, according to the report.
Gilgeous-Alexander, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, had a breakout freshman season for Kentucky last season. He averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 assists per game on a Wildcats team that registered a 26-11 record.
Gilgeous-Alexander also knocked down 40.4 percent of his 3-pointers and tallied 1.6 steals per contest.
The Raptors finished 2017-18 with a 59-23 record and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. But after topping the Wizards in six games in their first-round series, the Raptors were swept by the Cavaliers.
Toronto dismissed former coach Dwane Casey, who posted a 320-238 record and made five playoff appearances in seven seasons, in mid-May. The team then hired Nick Nurse to replace him earlier this month.
Gilgeous-Alexander is projected to be selected No. 15 overall by the Wizards in Sporting News’ latest NBA Mock Draft.