Masai Ujiri is prepared to stand pat after trading Andrea Bargnani in exchange for three players and three draft picks.
“What are we going to do, throw players away?” Ujiri said at the prospect of “tanking.” Last week’s rumor of dealing Rudy Gay to Detroit for the expiring contracts of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva might be an example of what Ujiri was talking about. “We’re not going to do that. And I think winning is what you want to build around. And I think when you [try to trade away talent for little in return], I’m not so sure the karma is great when you do stuff like that. But I understand the whole big picture and we’re putting all the options on the table.”
Ujiri is preaching patience with his roster.
“For me, patience is the key. I think we all have to be patient,” Ujiri said. “We have a good window for a couple years here and I think you have to, sometimes, you just can’t react and try to do things just to do them.”