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Toronto Raptors reportedly going after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hasn’t worked out for any teams during the draft process. Now, we may know why. According to Marc Stein, the Toronto Raptors, who do not have pick in Thursday’s draft, are exploring all trade options in hopes of getting one high enough to take Shai, who grew up in nearby Hamilton, Ontario.

Shai has been remarkably quiet for a draft prospect, declining to name the teams he met with at the NBA Combine and limiting media appearances. When asked about it on today’s NBA Draft teleconference, John Calipari said he doesn’t know why Shai has gone silent, but said any team that passes on him is making a mistake.

“He and I just texted back and forth two days ago. We didn’t get into that. I heard that he limited some things. I don’t know what that means. Sometimes it means they have a good idea where he’s going to go. I’ve not talked to his agent about it but the teams love this kid. Again, you’re talking 6’6″, 7-foot wing-span. You’re talking a projection — which is what the NBA is, the future of the league — a projection of where he was at the beginning of our year — he was our ninth-rated player — to where he was at the end of the year. When he played well, we won. To a guy that proved he could shoot it better than everybody thought he could which is why he was in the gym at 7 a.m. working on it. A guy that got stronger physically. Why? Because he was the best we’ve had in the weight room and he started to mature physically.”

Even if the Raptors don’t get to bring Shai home, Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo says the sense around the league is that he won’t fall past the Charlotte Hornets, who have the eleventh pick.

A Shai/Malik Monk backcourt? I’m for it.

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1 Comment for Toronto Raptors reportedly going after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander



  1. foamfinger
    4:42 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    I love hearing about guys like this who do everything they’re supposed to and start succeeding because of it. Reminds me of Josh Allen. Undersized LB who did things the right way and is looking like a 1st round NFL draft pick.