Storyline: Toronto Raptors Turmoil?

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“I had a very good conversation with Kyle, and rumours are rumours, to be honest,” Ujiri said after joking that the media corps was looking pretty tired after waiting all day for the NBA to make the trades official. “I see no issues, honestly, with him. Zero. We’re good, and I think his mind is focused on this run. Obviously he had little battles with his back and he’s trying to get back to where he was before, and I think maybe we should take time and acknowledge that from when we came here, and this is all credit to him,” he said.
6 months ago via ESPN

The vibes out of Toronto over the past six weeks have been just a little off. The relationship between Kyle Lowry and Masai Ujiri is clearly not hunky-dory. It never has been. Lowry misses DeMar DeRozan. I’m not sure any of that bleeds onto the floor. Lowry will play his game when it matters. But back injuries and Leonard’s load management have short-circuited Toronto’s chances to build chemistry. Marc Gasol is an undeniable upgrade, but he further unsettles their rotation.

The comments were taken as a shot at head coach Dwane Casey, who Lowry butted heads with earlier in their Toronto tenures. Tom Sterner, an assistant coach under Casey in both Toronto and Minnesota, told TSN Radio 1050: “I think he’s pointing the comments at Casey.” Not so fast, Lowry said after a spirited practice on Monday. “No, they were not directed at anyone, they were in general. “They were in general and they were moreso for me saying, ‘OK we’ve got to change things and myself get better and hold the guys accountable more,’” Lowry said. “That’s from me. I don’t do anything but play basketball. I don’t make management decisions, I don’t make coaching decisions, I say what I feel from my heart. That’s how I felt. Changes do need to be made. We need to find ways to win some damn games.”
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August 20, 2019 | 5:21 pm EDT Update