GM in no rush to trade pick

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If an NBA general manager came to the pre-draft camp thinking they could entice Bryan Colangelo to trade the first overall pick in the near future, he probably will leave disappointed.

The Raptors president/ general manager has every intention of sitting tight with the top selection in the June 28 draft until much closer to picking time.

"I think it's fair to say we're keeping all options open," Colangelo said yesterday while watching a drills session at Walt Disney World Resort.

"It's important we do everything to explore all opportunities. To make a decision three weeks out from the draft that you're either going to trade it or not would be somewhat short-sighted. This is the time generally when things really start to heat up. You get a lot more discussion, a lot more activity."

Some of that activity involves meeting with agents and setting up workouts with some of the top prospects. Colangelo said all of the top draft-eligible players -- except for forward Andrea Bargnani of Italy -- are expected to workout in Toronto in the next two weeks. Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and Connecticut's Rudy Gay are scheduled for June 21, while Washington's Brandon Roy, Texas' LaMarcus Aldridge and LSU's Tyrus Thomas could be in town late next week.

The NBA will set its sights on Eurocamp for European draft-eligible players next week in Italy, but there is a chance Bargnani will not be participating as his team, Benetton Treviso, is leading its best-of-five Italian League semi-final 2-1.

With almost every significant NBA executive within spitting distance of the house that Mickey Mouse built, Colangelo is all ears this week. But he is not about to tip his hand, not about to give any indication where his head is at.

He has been a busy man here this week as every man in the gym seems to find Colangelo and shake his hand.

"My focus is right now discussing a lot of the things we've been looking at away from the draft," Colangelo said. "Whether or not that includes movement of the draft selection, we'll just have to factor that in as we go.

"(The week is) valuable because you've got everybody in a room. It's a captive audience so to speak. You get a chance to see a lot of people. It's a time to spend a lot of time with your staff, bond as a group, talk about not only draft prospects, but about trade scenarios, rumours, discussions."


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