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The Raptors Are Reportedly Interested In Trading For A Top 10 Pick

A general view of the Air Canada Centre during the playing of the Canadian anthem.

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 14: A general view of the Air Canada Centre during the playing of the Canadian anthem before the start of the Toronto Raptors game against the Washington Wizards prior to Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 14, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The 2018 NBA Draft is this Thursday. There is always draft night intrigue, including teams wheeling and dealing to acquire picks.

The Toronto Raptors were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this past season, and the team doesn't have a first-round pick. They lost it in the trade to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic.

However, the franchise is reportedly looking to acquire one. Not just any first-round pick either, but one in the top 10.

According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Raptors are willing to part ways with any player on their team in order to add a top 10 pick. If they do, they could target Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Kyle Lowry, the Raptors' All-Star point guard, will turn 33 next year and is likely to decline. Gilgeous-Alexander would give the team an athletic, young playmaker at that position moving forward.

Of course, they have to find a team willing to trade out of the top 10 and likely willing to take back some of Toronto's veteran talent in return. That might take some effort, but it is something to keep an eye on heading into Thursday.

The 2018 NBA Draft is being held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.