THE INITIAL BUZZ at the NBA Combine in early June was about Syracuse's Dion Waiters and reports that one team had given him a guarantee that he would be selected in the lottery.
Waiters, a Philadelphia native, immediately left the combine and canceled all of his remaining workouts and interviews on the advice of his agent, Rob Pelinka. That only increased the buzz.
Speculation focused on Toronto at No. 8, Portland at No. 11 or Phoenix at No. 13.
The Raptors immediately denied such a promise existed.