HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors
“There’s a really special bond between [GM] Masai [Ujiri] and Kyle,” Leiweke said. “This town should be in love with this guy. What a great story. He’s vented that anger and energy that he had last year, and it was sometimes aimed at the refs, sometimes aimed at other people. He’s figured out how to vent that and put that into the team, and this team truly loves each other.” Hoops Rumors
In February this roster was about one phone call from a controlled demolition, and the call would have carried Lowry away. But the call never came. “[We came] very, very close [to a different path],” says Ujiri, on the phone from Chicago. “I think it was clear for us that after the Rudy Gay trade we were going to see how this whole thing was going to play out … but one thing that really encouraged me was that Kyle, I think Kyle really grew up. We had some honest discussions, and some honest challenges. National Post
“One hundred per cent, to me, there’s a lot of luck involved. I’m not going to sit here and say we’re geniuses. You try to plan, and I think we planned both ways, to see if our team fell apart or our team came together. “So yeah, could we have gone either way? I would say yes, for sure. But I know one thing: We said we were going to give these guys a platform, and we honestly did.” National Post
Steve Kyler: .@RapsTayler: ---> Over the weekend he talked to his wife a lot and several calls from the house, but NONE from other teams. Twitter @stevekylerNBA
Steve Kyler: .@RapsTayler: ---> He is not unwilling to make a trade, he's just not getting any calls for things he would do. Said maybe this week. Twitter @stevekylerNBA
That does not mean he definitely won’t be busy between now and Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, just that he’s not going to be out there seeking moves as hard as he would have been had the Raptors not got on a bit of a roll and shown their President and GM something over these last couple of months. “I’ll be right here (waving his cellphone) waiting and we’ll see what happens,” he said of his plans between now and the trade deadline. “I never know what to expect. Sometimes it’s quiet until the last minute. Sometimes it’s busy. As far as our team, I think the team has played well. They have done well with the platform so keep trying to grow. Toronto Sun
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