East Notes: Raptors, Wizards, Dyson Daniels, Cavs


Team president Dan Tolzman told reporters he expects that whoever the Raptors to draft at No. 33 overall to make the team. Toronto owns just one pick, No. 33 overall.

“We’re working really hard trying to narrow down the group of guys that we think we’re going to be looking at, and then trying to fine-tune who we like in that group,” Tolzman said, per Doug Smith of The Toronto Star. “But then you also have to kind of prepare for, you know, five to 10 guys that might drop to you just in case, and then how do they compare against the guys that we were preparing for that we expect to be there?” 

  • The Raptors are working out draft prospects Michigan’s Caleb Houston and Gonzaga’s Andrew Nembhard, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. Both are natives of Canada and both are projected to be selected in the late-first or early-second rounds.


  • First-round draft prospects MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite) and Ochai Agbaji (Kansas) are among those taking part in a group workout for the Wizards, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. Others taking part — North Carolina’s Brady Manek, Delaware’s Ryan Allen, Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe and Syracuse’s Cole Swindler.
  • Soon, the Wizards will also set to work out projected lottery pick Dyson Daniels of the G League Ignite, who very well could be selected before their No. 10 overall pick. Kentucky’s TyTy Washington is also set to come in for a visit, per Hughes.
  • Washington has been linked to free agent point guard Shane Larkin, but he re-signed with Turkish club Anadolu Efes, the team announced. Larkin’s deal is for two years with an NBA out. He played in the NBA from 2013-18 with the Mavericks, Knicks, Nets and Celtics.


  • Along with Beauchamp and Ohio State’s Malaki Branham, the Cavs brought in several others for a workout. The list includes Wagner’s Alex Morales, per Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog, and Alabama’s Keon Ellis, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
  • Sources told Hoops Wire that Florida State’s Malik Osborne has also worked out for the Cavs.
  • In case you missed it, the Cavs are scheduled to bring in Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal. Shareef is not considered a strong NBA prospect at the moment, but some scouts view him as a “diamond-in-the-rough” who could develop into a nice backup center.
  • Also in case you missed it, I dribbled about Collin Sexton and his looming free agency here. And wrote about Ricky Rubio‘s potential return to Cleveland here.

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