Toronto is unlikely to trade the eighth pick in the upcoming draft.

“I would say on Monday, but Thursday’s a long way away, that we’d be holding on to that eighth pick,” vice-president of basketball operations Ed Stefanski said.

Stefanski likes the caliber of players available in this draft.

“I think it’s the talent, right now,” said Stefanski, who confirmed he has not discussed a possible trade with the Rockets involving Kyle Lowry. “There are offers out there for the eighth pick. But it’s the talent right now.”