Even at this Week 1 juncture, there are strong indications in circulation that Toronto is exploring its trade options rather vigorously in hopes of constructing a roster that can finally halt a five-season playoff drought.

Already, yes.

The Raptors, I'm told, came into camp with an open mind under new front-office boss Masai Ujiri, willing to even consider an extension for Rudy Gay if they liked what they saw.

The strong sense now, though, is that the Raps are prepared to trade virtually anyone on the current roster if a suitable offer presents itself.

"Anyone but [Jonas] Valanciunas," says one plugged-in source.

The National Post's fine columnist Bruce Arthur reported this week in a long piece on Ujiri that the Raps have indeed discussed the prospect of moving Gay before the NBA's Feb. 20 trade deadline. Yet it should be noted that Anyone But Valanciunas also means two more vets in place before Ujiri's arrival -- DeMar DeRozan (who this time last year was just receiving a contract extension from then-GM Bryan Colangelo) and Kyle Lowry (who'll be an unrestricted free agent come July) -- are likewise in play.