After trading Leandro Barbosa and waiving Anthony Carter and Rasual Butler, the Raptors are carrying the minimum 12 players on their roster. As Doug Smith of the Toronto Star writes, the team's current roster is getting even thinner — DeMar DeRozan has been ruled out of tonight's game with a left ankle injury, while James Johnson missed today's shootaround with flu-like symptoms. The Raptors' dwindling depth has GM Bryan Colangelo and assistant Ed Stefanski "beating the bushes" in search of reinforcements.
"They’re working on that, different names and different people so they’re prepared for it, we just have to wait and see who’s available," coach Dwane Casey said. "They’ve already got the list and Bryan’s made calls and Ed’s made calls to different people."
Considering the Raptors allowed Carter and Butler to pursue opportunities for contending teams, Toronto is unlikely to be considering veterans. A D-League player, perhaps on a 10-day contract, would be a more likely target for Colangelo.