Report: Raptors expected to pursue Cavaliers centre Jarrett Allen

Brooklyn Nets' Blake Griffin, left, defends against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

While the Toronto Raptors are in the midst of preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29 — in which they draft fourth overall — the rumour mill has shed some light on their potential post-draft plans to remake their roster.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Raptors are expected to be among a number of suitors pursuing Cleveland Cavaliers centre Jarrett Allen, who's currently a restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old, who was originally drafted 22nd overall by Brooklyn in 2017, landed in Cleveland via the four-team blockbuster deal that sent James Harden from the Rockets to the Nets. Allen averaged 13.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season.

Per Charania, this wouldn't be the first time Toronto has pursued Allen, as the club reportedly attempted to trade for him in the past.

Elsewhere in Raptors free agency news, Charania reports that a number of teams are expected to pursue veteran Kyle Lowry, with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat leading the pack.

Earlier this week it was reported by The Los Angeles Times that Lowry is interested in joining LeBron James and Co. in L.A., and that fellow former Raptor DeMar DeRozan is as well.

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