Dario Saric, a Croatian Power Forward/Centre of considerable skill, has signed with a Turkish team. He will drop considerably in tonight’s draft as a result, since he won’t be able to join the NBA for at least two years. Lottery teams, by definition, need immediate help, so he’s out of their plans. Should he suddenly be top-of-mind for Toronto Raptors’ GM Masai Ujiri? Yes, indeed. The thought of drafting a player but not having to sign him will help our already severely constrained salary cap situation un petit peu. I like exciting rookies as much as anyone else, however, we’re not in crying need of a new player’s likely contribution. The #20 pick is at best going to be a last-five-minutes-of-a-blowout type in his first season. Why not draft and stash a talent we’d have no shot at otherwise?
We waited for Jonas Valanciunas, and that appears to be working out well. Maybe lightening could strike twice. In the meantime, Saric’s draft rights are always available as a trade chip.
I’m not adding Saric’s name to our draft poll, because it’s too late. However, I’d like to learn your thoughts on this idea in the Comments.
P.S. It’s already shaping up to be a crazy day – I’ve started about 4 posts, and this is the first one I’ve actually finished. Stay tuned, Rapture Nation.