An impressive workout by LaMarcus Aldridge has the Toronto Raptors rethinking who they should take with the first overall pick in next week's NBA Draft, according to a report published by the Associated Press. Andrea Barganani was previously reported to be the favorite to become a Raptor.
General manager Bryan Colangelo said Wednesday that Aldridge?s recent workout in Toronto complicated things.
"We like what we see. There is tremendous talent at the top of this draft. LaMarcus Aldridge came in and if anything confused us a little bit more the other day. You are hoping for one of these guys to come in and stumble," Colangelo said.
He said they?re open to trading the pick but haven?t heard any acceptable offers.
"I know that there are some teams that are interested in No. 1," Colangelo said. "Maybe they haven?t said the right number yet or the right piece or the right combination of things to make us move yet, but right now all I can assure is that right now we hold the No. 1 pick and we?re prepared to make a selection on draft day."
On Wednesday, the Raptors worked out Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison, Connecticut forward Rudy Gay and Villanova guard Randy Foye.
Colangelo said injuries to LSU forward Tyrus Thomas (strained groin) and Washington guard Brandon Roy (hamstring) could preclude them from working out in Toronto, but they?ve already seen both of them at private workouts in Orlando and Los Angeles.
Colangelo said Bargnani will probably take a physical in New York before the draft. He doesn?t expect him to workout in Toronto.
"We?ve got as much information as we need. Now it?s a matter of processing information," Colangelo said.
The acquisition of center Rasho Nesterovic from the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday doesn?t necessarily alter who they will pick, Colangelo said.