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Scottie Barnes answers questions during an interview after being selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors during the first round of the NBA draft Thursday in New York.
Toronto passed on Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, who was viewed as a potential replacement for free agent Kyle Lowry.
“That’s never been done in Toronto, I don’t care who’s coming into Toronto,” Masai Ujiri said.
Toronto played without its top seven scorers— mostly because of injuries, but also because it is out of contention with the season winding down.
Fred VanVleet had 27 points and 13 assists to lead Toronto in his return after missing eight games with a sore hip.

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  1. ESPN is cancelling Rachel Nichols’ “The Jump” show and pulling her off NBA programming.
  2. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver greets Cade Cunningham, who was picked first overall pick by the Detroit Pistons during the NBA draft Thursday in New York.
  3. The Los Angeles Lakers are acquiring All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards for three players and this year’s first-round draft pick.
  4. Scottie Barnes answers questions during an interview after being selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors during the first round of the NBA draft Thursday in New York.
  5. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts with the championship trophy after defeating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday in Milwaukee.
  6. Giorgi Bezhanishvili slams down a dunk during the first day of the three-day Tampa Bay Pro Combine, a gathering of more than 40 professional basketball hopefuls at the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County.
  7. Masai Ujiri, center left, walks with guard Kyle Lowry after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. Ujiri, the Raptors' president, said he found it hard to understand spectators going to games at Amalie Arena this season to cheer for the Raptors' opponents.
  8. The Toronto Raptors thanks Tampa at the end of their last NBA basketball game in their temporary home against the Indiana Pacers Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Raptors played their season in Tampa due to coronavirus restrictions in Canada. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  9. The Toronto Raptors thank Tampa at the end of Sunday's game in their temporary home at Amalie Arena. The Raptors played their season in Tampa due to coronavirus restrictions in Canada.
  10. Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis, left, sprints past Toronto Raptors forward Stanley Johnson (5) on his way to sinking a basket in the first half.
  11. Wizards guard Bradley Beal goes by Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) on his way for a layup during the first half Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Beal, a former Gator, finishes with 28 points.
  12. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, left, defends Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half.
  13. Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch, right, drives to the basket as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends in the second half.
  14. Nets forward Kevin Durant grabs a rebound in front of Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the first half Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  15. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (35) goes for a layup after driving around Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half.
  16. The Knicks’ RJ Barrett, driving to the basket versus the Raptors’ Yuta Watanabe, has 25 points and 12 rebounds in a win Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
  17. The Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) scores past the Nets' DeAndre Jordan (6) in Toronto's win Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Siakam scores a team-high 27 points.
  18. The Raptors' Khem Birch (24) celebrates with Chris Boucher (25) and Yuta Watanabe after Boucher hits a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter in a win against the Thunder on Sunday in Tampa.
  19. Raptors forward Chris Boucher shoots over Spurs forward Keldon Johnson in a victory Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  20. Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch (24) gets fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half.
  21. The Knicks' Julius Randle tries to keep the ball from the Raptors' Kyle Lowry during Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden.
  22. The Raptors' Gary Trent drives against the Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro and Kevin Love in the second half Saturday.
  23. Bulls guard Zach LaVine shoots against Raptors forward Chris Boucher during the first half Thursday at Amalie Arena.
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