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May 7, 2015 Updates

Valanciunas is only 23, so there’s still hope that he will come back next year a better scorer inside. But the Raptors can’t count on that, so they’ll need to address their frontcourt scoring on the free-agent market, or by trade. Ross was mentioned as a trade candidate last winter, but Toronto was not interested in moving him. Perhaps that will change. Williams did a very good job with his role as a Raptor this season, and he has said he would like to return. That will depend, though, on what kind of offers Williams gets around the league. Sporting News

He did, however, acknowledge that it may behoove the organization to take a step backwards in order to reach Ujiri's oft-stated goal of long-term excellence. "That's an option," Ujiri told TSN. "Everything we are going to do is going to be what's good for this organization and competing for a championship in the future." The Score

April 26, 2015 Updates
April 10, 2015 Updates

SLAM: When the Lakers signed you before the start of the season, you had to look at the roster and think that you guys could make a little bit of noise. What were your expectations? Ed Davis: I knew it was going to be an old team with some veteran leadership. At the time, when I signed, we didn’t have a coach. I knew once we got a coach in here and set up that I would have an opportunity to be able to play, help contribute and just try and pick up from where I left off before I was traded from Toronto. I just wanted to show teams that I could play and I’m not a guy that’s going to be at the end of the bench his whole career. SLAM

March 10, 2015 Updates

ESPN.com: What were your initial thoughts on the trade? LW: Initially, I was torn because I was leaving my hometown. But I was also excited because I had just watched these guys battle Brooklyn like hell in seven games [during the playoffs]. So I felt like I could help this team. I felt like I could help, and I could bring something to the table. They had a young core of guys, and it reminded me a lot of my Philly crews where we were turning that corner and going from an OK team to an elite team. This team was turning the corner with Kyle [Lowry], DeMar [DeRozan], JV [Jonas Valanciunas] and a lot of the pieces that they had. ESPN.com

Finally healthy after recovering from a devastating ACL injury he suffered in January 2013, Williams, 28, is averaging a career-high 15.2 points per game and has quickly emerged as a fan favorite at Air Canada Centre. "When I got traded to the Raptors," Williams told ESPN.com, "Kyle Lowry told me, 'We expect you to average 15 points a game off the bench.' "And I said, 'Perfect, so you need me here.' And that made me feel wanted. So once he put that expectation on me, it just made everything fall into place." ESPN.com

March 4, 2015 Updates
February 19, 2015 Updates

“You can’t worry about that,” head coach Dwane Casey said when asked about the concern that a trade of any kind could upset what is a solid chemistry within the Raptors locker room. “Masai has got to make the decision as far as what’s going to make the team better and for us to continue to grow as a team,” Casey said before hinting at his wishes for the Raptors on trade deadline day. “You don’t want to sell the farm to win a series this year,” he said. “We’ve still got to look at the big picture. That’s the thought process going into the trade (deadline).” Toronto Sun

February 18, 2015 Updates

The only problem with those scenarios — fanciful or not — is that Ujiri sees the 24-year-old as the kind of player his team needs, rather than one that should be moved along. “I would be shocked if we did something with Terrence,” Ujiri said Tuesday night. “Trust me. I can’t tell you more how I totally don’t think that would happen before Thursday.” SportsNet

“How many guys on our team can raise up and make a shot with someone in their face, like Terrence? They aren’t many in the league,” said Ujiri. “He’s had lapses on defence but that’s something you grow out of with experience. He is really a two-way player; he has ability to stay in front of guys, he can hit a shot; he’s athletic as hell and he can hit threes. Every team is looking for players like that. SportsNet

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