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Toronto Raptors trade rumors for 2022 NBA draft

In this article, check out Toronto Raptors trade rumors for the 2022 NBA draft. The Raptors were still able to make some moves in free agency despite having limited resources.

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Last updated: 27.07.2022
Toronto Raptors trade rumors for 2022 NBA draft

Free agents

The Raptors were still able to make some moves in free agency despite having limited resources.

In addition to re-signing Chris Boucher and Thaddeus Young, the Raptors lured Otto Porter Jr. away from the Warriors with a two-year, $12.3 million contract that includes a player option.

The Raptors also signed Justin Champagnie to a two-year contract, D.J. Wilson to a multi-year contract and both Jeff Dowtin Jr. and Ron Harper Jr. to two-way contracts.


Draft picks

The Raptors parted ways with their first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft when they acquired Young from the Spurs at the 2022 trade deadline. They were still able to address a need by selecting Christian Koloko out of Arizona in the second round with the 33rd overall pick.

Koloko appeared in all five of Toronto's Summer League games. He averaged 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.8 steals in 22.1 minutes.

While Koloko connected on only 36.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, he did flash his potential on both ends of the court.

"Koloko was active on both ends of the floor, showing promise as a disruptive defender and a staunch rim protector," NBA.com's Gilbert McGregor wrote. "At 7-foot-1, that defensive presence can check a major box for Toronto in the upcoming season.

"Offensively, you can't help but get excited about the prospect of Koloko running the floor with Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Gary Trent Jr. or Fred VanVleet running the break. His activity will make for some easy looks."


Trade rumors

About those dominoes set to fall...

We've already seen one All-Star traded this offseason, and there could be three more potentially on the move in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell.

Of the three, Durant is the only one who has been linked to the Raptors so far. Toronto has been "lurking" as a potential landing spot for the 12-time All-Star, and while the Raptors aren't one of the teams known to be on his wish list, they were his favorite team growing up.

The latest news is the Nets "wouldn't consider" a deal that doesn't include Scottie Barnes and, well, Barnes is said to be a "non-starter" for the Raptors in any Durant discussion.

Perhaps Brooklyn's asking price will change in the weeks and months to come, but for now, the Raptors and Nets don't seem close to making a trade.

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