September 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Masai Ujiri: Raptors Not A Team Of 'Now'

Sep 9, 2021 3:22 PM

The Toronto Raptors won the 2019 championship but lost Kawhi Leonard that offseason and now have lost Kyle Lowry, which has sent them to a bit of a franchise reset.

Toronto's now core includes a pair of 27-year-olds in Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, a 24-year-old in OG Anunoby and 20-year-old Scottie Barnes.

"We are not a team of 'now,'" Ujiri said. "There are going to be growing pains, trust me, you know like, sometimes it's gonna be tough to watch but we know what's coming, we know we're excited about the young talent. They are excited to play - to see how, OG [Anunoby], Pascal [Siakam], Fred, are going to evolve as leaders - as elite players.

"And then the young guys, [Scottie] Barnes, Malachi [Flynn], Dalano [Banton]. In sports, people think 'now,' you know? And this is where we have to be patient and let it grow."

Ujiri also talked about his decision to remain with the Raptors.

"Toronto has become home for me, for my family. There's something about this space of Toronto, of Canada, that really is special. It gives me a good platform to speak, to represent and it's a unique space."

Gilbert McGregor/NBA.com

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Anthony Davis Was Frustrated By Looks Generated By Dennis Schroder

Sep 1, 2021 10:58 AM

Anthony Davis felt some frustration that he wasn't getting the kind of passes he was receiving from Dennis Schroder as he had a year earlier with Rajon Rondo, a source tells Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. 

Schroder and Davis only connected on one lob all season.

The Los Angeles Lakers let Schroder walk, signed Rondo and also traded for Russell Westbrook. While Westbrook may complicate the Lakers' floor spacing, his ability to get into the lane will certainly create more lob opportunities for Davis.

Eric Pincus/Bleacher Report

Tags: Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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