Now that the Toronto Raptors can formally take solace in the truth that their nightmare of a 2020-21 season has come to a detailed, president Masai Ujiri spoke to members of the press to each wrap up this unfortunate marketing campaign and reply some questions on what the long run holds for him.
Ujiri has helped make Toronto one of the constant winners within the NBA, however there’s a probability that he bolts because of the truth his contract is up on the finish of this season. Ujiri put accountability for getting him again on board with Maple Leaf Sports activities and Leisure and their aggressive want.
Ujiri strongly hinted that he’ll stay in Toronto if he thinks that possession reveals sufficient of a dedication to vary and profitable. Ujiri’s later feedback present that combating for a play-in spot is the furthest factor from his thoughts.
Ujiri’s response to incomes a No. 9 or 10 seed and making the play-in event was “for what?” The Raptors have been a champion and a No. 2 seed in the previous few years, and Ujiri desires to retool the roster to additional that finish.
Ujiri didn’t absolve himself of blame, nonetheless, as he owned as much as a number of the errors he made in free company. His declare that he didn’t see “the kind of bigs we should always’ve been searching for” indicators that he was very dissatisfied within the play of Aron Baynes and the departed Alex Len.
Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri is not any fan of Aron Baynes or a .500 file.
On the threat of flogging a lifeless horse much more so than it has been over the course of the season, changing Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka with Baynes and Len was a painful transfer. Len was waived only a few weeks into the season, and Baynes was such a poor inside finisher that he was relegated to the top of the bench.
Ujiri deserves credit score for rectifying his errors by ditching Len whereas including two youthful, extra bodily gamers in Freddie Gillespie and Khem Birch. Even when the Raptors received only one recreation within the month of March, Ujiri confirmed a steadfast dedication to profitable.
Ujiri made this group a power within the East, and whereas all of us love Bobby Webster, he isn’t in Ujiri’s tier in the intervening time as a personnel man.
With Kyle Lowry’s future up within the air, Ujiri can’t slip by way of Toronto’s grasp with him, as dropping the pair could be painful to see. They should let him get one other crack at this roster and do away with the Baynes-sized errors from final yr.