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Like Masai did in Denver or Embry/BC did in 2005/06, emphasis will be on opportunistic additions (and subtractions) & maximizing roster flex
My impression of the path Ujiri/Raps seem to be taking: Its more "building on the fly" than it is complete tear down, as some are expecting
Not the grandest endorsement I’ve ever heard of the non-Vasquez additions: "They'll give us something. As players, they're NBA players."
Moving Lowry seemed like the quickest route to blowing this up but after adding a capable PG, the drop off may be steeper if Amir is moved
"It's gone, it's gone,” Ujiri said of Rudy’s contract. “We move on and I think Rudy will do well."
We said it after the Bargnani salary dump and I'll say it again, subsequent moves will be telling. Lowry is the one to watch, maybe Amir
Masai basically said as openly as he is allowed to where this franchise is going … and it ain’t to the playoffs this year
As I noted today, no untouchables, but a couple guys would take some serious offers to move.
Interesting that after two bold moves we're still not fully sure of the path Masai intends to take with this team
Short and sweet Ujiri availability. Paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. Said none of the new guys will play tomorrow. Wouldn’t say “T” word
Masai ends up by paying tribute to "the great one" Nelson Mandela.
I had an opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela and he changed my life. We will struggle finding a new father but he left us in a good place.-MU
"No chance." - Ujiri RE: whether any of the four new guys (from Sacramento) will be in uniform tomorrow when the Raptors host the Spurs.
The incoming players WILL NOT be active for tomorrow's game at home to the Spurs. All 7 players in the deal still have to pass physicals
New players will not play vs spurs
No untouchables on the roster, Masai says, indirectly. "If someone offers us Michael Jordan today am I going to say no?" (I would hope so)
Masai says injuries have changed landscape. "We know we will not be trapped in the middle."
“If someone offers us Michael Jordan like I’m going to say no? It is the nature of the business,” - Masai
Masai says GMs sometimes have to put coaches in tough situations and commends Casey for dealing with that. "He's done a good job"
"Our grade is on growth" Masai says when asked about Dwane. "Sometimes we put them in difficult positions."
Roster/financial flexibility was a primarily motive here. Masai says Rudy's option for next year put them in a tough position to plan
"I think (trade considerations) are going to be a lot of future stuff."
Team's play dictated the need for a chance, Ujiri says. "It just didn't work," said it was clear there was a chemistry issue
MU said he's not concerned about perception in locker room: "The players understand. We try to communicate the type of direction were going"
Masai said he went into the office to do a Mandela interview at 1pm yesterday, not knowing this trade was going to happen at that time
The haters gone hate.. Got to embrace it.. Ahhhhhhhh
Masai "I couldnt tell you where the team is going to go from here. Sometimes you have to make change. We made a move that creates certainty"
Says player option made it very difficult to plan
Masai says he went into office yesterday to do Mandela interview
Masai references Demar and Rudy being similar. "It just wasn't working." "Everybody saw there was no sync there."
Even odds I'm going to use "ignoble" in tonight's story. Exciting.
You can watch the Masai Ujiri news conference live on TSN.ca
(2 of 2) "...while Aaron and Quincy provide size and depth in our frontcourt."
says kings gm Pete D’Alessandro (in press release): “In Rudy we’ve acquired one of the league’s proven scorers..." (1 of 2)
Masai: "We thank Rudy, Aaron and Quincy for their time here. They were great professionals and strong community ambassadors of the Raptors"
Masai, from media release: "The trade gives us good flexibility and more certainty as we plan for our future.”
And there you go. Trade official, Masai meeting media at 5:30
Augustin was awful last year. Ujiri took the chance that it may have been a fluke. It wasn’t. His game has fallen off a cliff.
The trade is now official.
Ujiri prefers to have younger players on the end of the bench. Situation with Augustin was bordering on awkward. Should get a shot elsewhere
The @raptors have waived DJ Augustin. He appeared in 10 games with the Raptors and averaged 2.1 points, 1.0 assists in 8.2 minutes.
Raps waive D.J. Augustin to get back to 15 on the roster. They traded away three and brought back four so someone had to go.
Too bad RE: Augustin. He was supposed to be a legit back up to Lowry this yr. Just couldn't get it going. No doubt some team will claim him
The younger Buycks and Stone both make less $ but Augustin has fallen out of favour in Casey's rotation. Hasn't played in 8 of last 10 games
The Raptors just announced they've waived dj augustin
Raptors to waive DJ Augustin to make room for incoming Kings, team announces
Expect trade to become official imminently and Ujiri availability soon after.
There was no chance Stone would be guy cut and Buycks is young and getting another shot.
This means little, other than there is no need to have five PGs on a NBA roster, and Raps had to cut someone.
Raptors waive D.J. Augustin.
D.J. Augustin waived. First hunch was correct
The NBA: Where a player can instagram pictures of being in a new city before the league can announce a trade.
En route to LAX, then back to Toronto. No more trades until I get back, please.
With NHL lost, TSN goes big(ger) on NFL. Most believe more NBA will follow.
No timetable yet on when the new Raptors will arrive. Might be short bench against equally tired Spurs.
Raptors/Kings deal is still pending league approval. The league is reviewing trade documents, Raps are hopeful it will be put through today
Great salary dumps in Raptors history: (1) Hedo Turkoglu for Barbosa (2) Andrea Bargnani for picks + Novak (3) Jalen Rose (4) Rudy Gay
Slight delay as dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s still being done, so trade still not officially done yet.
Nothing to panic about re: trade call delay; 7-player deal = lotso paperwork.
Jordan Crawford has been named Eastern Conference player of the week. Literally anything is possible when you have insane self-confidence.
Trade call w league office for Gay deal was scheduled for noon; not clear if it has started yet.
I like picturing Roy Halladay, coach, giving advice. "Just be fearless cyborg!"
It's easy to make fun of and impossible to hate the CFL.
Oof. Pondexter gone for the year, according to Woj. Rough year for the Grizz.
The right take on a lot of things that people in sports scream about is "Who cares?"
Enjoyed being on Lou Marsh panel for the first time; great debate. I had Raonic No.1, but congrats to winner, Jon Cornish.
But really, the last point is just because I don't want anybody to be happy, ever.
But the trade has to go through first, which it has yet to.
Raptors, if you are wondering, will not have a practice today. Got home at 6am. Possible Ujiri will be made available to media this PM.
(A joke: millions and millions of dollars, I know.)
Baseball has not been great to Roy Halladay. Roy Halladay has been great to baseball.
It's a good day for excerpting content!
As noted in PPG, trade moves Raps about $3M further away from lux tax. More wiggle room to take on salary in coming deals