Raptors Notes: Ujiri, Kawhi, Gasol, Green, Siakam

Despite rumors that the Wizards might try to make a run at him this offseason to become their head of basketball operations, Masai Ujiri told reporters today that he isn’t going anywhere. As Blake Murphy of The Athletic (Twitter links) relays, the Raptors‘ president of basketball operations said he envisions a long-term future in Toronto.

Ujiri acknowledged that potential interest from other clubs is a “blessing,” but said that he’s happy and has grown as a person in Toronto, and wants to win more with the Raptors.

Here’s more from Ujiri’s end-of-season press conference today:

  • Asked about Kawhi Leonard‘s upcoming free agency, Ujiri said he always feels “confident” about the Raptors’ chances, but will respect the star forward’s decision no matter what he does. Ujiri thinks the Raps have “built a trust” with Kawhi, adding that there have been positive talks lately (Twitter links via Murphy).
  • According to Ujiri, he texted with Leonard last night and talked to “Uncle Dennis” today, and he believes there will be constant communication between the two sides. He’s leaving plans for a meeting up to Leonard’s camp, tweets Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun.
  • The Raptors will be in a bit of a holding pattern this offseason until Leonard makes his decision, Ujiri admitted, but he’s fine with that. “We’ll wait,” he said, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca (Twitter link). “He’s our player and he’s a superstar on our team and we’ll wait on that.”
  • Ujiri would like to bring everybody back for next season, including Marc Gasol, who has a player option for 2019/20, and Danny Green, who will be an unrestricted free agent (Twitter link via Lewenberg).
  • Pascal Siakam, the NBA’s Most Improved Player, is eligible for a rookie scale extension this offseason and Ujiri expects to meet with Siakam’s agent during Summer League next month (Twitter link via Murphy).
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5 thoughts on “Raptors Notes: Ujiri, Kawhi, Gasol, Green, Siakam

    • zBaNStaR

      Very little. I’d be surprised if they pull a jazz and bring the whole team back

    • Luke Adams

      None, but they wouldn’t need any to bring back Kawhi, Gasol, and Green — would just be a matter of how much tax they’re willing to pay.

  1. Raptors have about 58M in cap with 6 roster spots to fill. Significant players Gasol, Kawhi & Green.

    Gasol has a 25M player option – dudes taking that for sure, Green would be somewhere in the 10M area. The Raptors owe around another 6M in raises to players already under contract so that leaves them with 16M before entering the Luxury Tax.

    Raptors can offer Kawhi a max of 190M/5 so that’s a tax of 22M. My guess Kawhi resigns in Toronto on a 2 yr 76M deal with the 2nd year being and option then takes his 10 yrs service time opts out in year 2 and hits Free Agency.

    Unfortunately to offset that tax a guy like Anunoby will likely be a cap casualty at 10M ….one things for sure those starters will be logging lots of time in 2020.

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