In ways big and small, here’s how the Raptors can reshape their roster

This week, the league’s executives and any player agent of note are in Chicago for the NBA draft combine, which also serves as a meeting ground where teams start shopping in earnest to see what’s available to improve themselves heading into next season, both via free agency and trade. But the Toronto Raptors’ plan for how to approach this moment started long before.

Less than 24 hours had passed since the team had been eliminated from the NBA playoffs, but head coach Nick Nurse already had a wish list for how they could improve. As a 48-win team with a young roster featuring the reigning rookie-of-the-year the Raptors have a strong base to build on, but they had — and have — clear needs.

“You can’t go into a season with eight or nine guys anymore, you can’t,”  Nurse said at his end-of-season media availability. “Your ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th guys better be able to go out there and play and not just look like it once and while. We’ve gotta get some depth to keep up with the times.”

Anything else?

“We could probably use some catch-and-shoot,” he said.

And while Nurse remains committed to the idea of a roster that is heavy with switchy, six-foot-nine (ish) wing players — in fact, he wants more — having a big man who can be a rim threat on both ends of the floor would be nice.

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