Toronto Raptors Rumors
So why Toronto? Why the Raptors? Jared Sullinger: Why the Raptors? Why not. It was almost like a no brainer. It was a situation where not only money was great, but the situation of us winning—they lost Bismack Biyombo, they lost Luis Scola, they needed a other big, and I just said “Why not?” This is a team with hard workers, and you look at the team, and there’s a lot of guys that were journeymen before they went to the Toronto Raptors. It’s just been the place to be, you got the whole country behind you, and they want to win. That’s the mindset out here.
But even before then, Voigt became friends with Masai Ujiri, the Nigerian-born general manager of the Toronto Raptors. When Ujiri began setting up basketball camps in his native country, Voigt was one of the first volunteers. He worked camps in Xaria, Abuja and Lagos and impressed Ujiri by venturing to smaller cities hours away on his off days. “A lot of people ask a hundred questions,” Ujiri said, “which you’re supposed to do.” Voigt didn’t. “Will was just, like, ‘Let’s go,’” he said. “He’s one of those explorer types.”
“I just felt like it was the right [choice for him],” Lowry said. “He was going to make his decision based on him and his family and like I said all year, all the time, I’m always going to support my friend. He’s my friend first and foremost. He’s a guy I respect and I truly love. Whatever decision he made, I’d be happy for him, but I’m happy he made that right decision. “He knew what he wanted. I think our organization did a good job of making sure they gave him what he needed and rewarding him for all the work he’s put in.”