The Raptors may have a chance to bring Jamaal Magloire from the New Orleans Hornets to his native Toronto in exchange for a first-round draft pick, Morris Peterson and Aaron Williams.
Two NBA sources indicated yesterday that while the Hornets initially asked for two first-round picks -- possibly the No. 7 and No. 16 selections the Raptors are scheduled to have in tomorrow's draft -- New Orleans may be willing to settle for substantially less.
The two clubs have spoken regularly in the past week. The Raptors and Hornets talked about a Magloire deal last year, too, when Toronto was shopping Vince Carter, but nothing came to fruition.
The Hornets tried to sign Peterson to a free-agent contract last summer, but the Raptors surprised many observers -- including Peterson and the Hornets themselves -- by matching the deal.
Magloire, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-11 centre and a former NBA all-star, never has been shy about expressing his unabashed love for the city of Toronto, and his desire to play for the Raptors before his career is done.
The Hornets went 18-64 in their first campaign in the Western Conference last season and Magloire was limited to only 23 games because of a fractured right ring finger.
The Raptors also are scheduled to have two second-round picks -- 41st and 58th overall.
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