The Raptors are rolling with what they've got, and the final 23 games of the regular season are about development more than wins.
The team did nothing at Thursday's trade deadline as general manager Bryan Colangelo decided to see what a young core will turn into rather than adding a veteran piece.
A veteran presence might have allowed the team to steal a win or two over the final quarter of the season but it would have been counter-productive to letting youngsters like Ed Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Jerryd Bayless and Amir Johnson develop.
"Throughout the whole process, I think we felt this was going to be close to the team anyway," said coach Jay Triano. "I didn't think that we were going to (make) a blockbuster deal."
But it's now on Triano to find a way to maximize the potential of his team and he's on a short leash. Triano doesn't have a guaranteed contract past this season and while it's all well and good to talk about developing players, he's likely to be under some self-inflicted pressure to gets some wins on his record and make it easier for Colangelo to bring him back.
SUNS 110, RAPTORS 92: Andrea Bargnani had 24 points for Toronto, making 12 of 15 field goals but getting to the free-throw line just five times while DeMar DeRozan was in foul trouble most of the night and had just 14 points.
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