Freshmen Focus: Raptors Tanking to Bring Wiggins Home?
Are the Toronto Raptors tanking to try to bring Andrew Wiggins home to Canada?
By trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, it certainly looks like they are headed in that direction.
From Toronto Star columnist Cathal Kelly:
“In off-loading flighty wing and human anvil Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has finally given the order for this season — ‘Dive.’
“From the start, they said they’d give themselves 45 days to see what they had. Sunday was Day 40 of the season. They didn’t need another week to remind themselves they aren’t any good.”
The Raptors are currently 7-12 and actually have a better record than both the Knicks (5-14) and Nets (6-14) — two teams without a first-round pick in 2014.
Who knows who will end up getting the rights to the No. 1 pick in 2014, but this much is a certainty.
Wiggins, who went for a career-high 22 points in Saturday’s buzzer-beating loss at Colorado, has said he could see himself returning to Toronto and playing for the Raptors — and his return would obviously do wonders to rejuvenate the franchise.
Asked in July which NBA team he thinks he will end up playing for, Wiggins said in this video interview:
“I would like to say the Raptors,” he said, smiling. “I want to play for them.”
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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