Toronto is close to becoming a competitive team in the NBA Eastern Conference and the front office is willing to trade their top pick in the 2012 draft to acquire a veteran small forward, a move that could make this a playoff team in the 2012-13 season.
ESPN's Chad Ford reported that the team is shopping the pick at this week's pre-draft camp in Chicago and that Rudy Gay is their top option, but the Raptors are also open to Andre Iguodala from Philadelphia.
Gay is the top option as he plays hard on both ends of the court and has more offensive skills, something this team needs to become a contender. Toronto struggled too much with scoring last season, but injuries also played a part in their failures this past season.
Gay has averaged over 19 points and six rebounds over his last three years with the Memphis Grizzlies and with the team's recent playoff success, would give Toronto a leader that has played in pressure situations.
The NBA off-season, including the upcoming draft, will have several franchises looking to make some big roster moves and while some experts feel the Raptors should build through youth, recent developments around the league suggest that making moves to acquire proven players is a better way to build a winning team quickly.