Bobby Webster Rumors
Do the Raptors actually want to move Siakam? Based on conversations with several people close to the situation in Vegas, I’d venture to say no — at least for now. They will continue to listen to the calls that come their way, which is no different from what the recently re-signed Masai Ujiri (now president and vice chairman) and general manager Bobby Webster have always done.
But in stark contrast to the Ben Simmons situation in Philadelphia or the Damian Lillard saga in Portland, it appears there is no uncomfortableness or pressure on the Siakam front, in large part, because sources say he still wants to be in Toronto, especially after being away for a season while playing in Tampa. And yes, for the many people who wondered, that remains the case even after the Raptors drafted Scottie Barnes fourth overall and then said goodbye to Kyle Lowry in free agency (via sign-and-trade to Miami).
As longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein indicated recently, the Barnes pick did indeed compel executives to wonder if the Raptors would now be more willing to move Siakam and his max deal (three seasons, $106 million remaining). But sources say Ujiri has recently made it clear to Siakam’s side that he’s not being shopped, and that there’s a clear basketball vision here for how these pieces — old and new — can work. Nonetheless, the combination of the changing Raptors landscape and that well-chronicled friction with coach Nick Nurse last season had led many to believe Siakam’s days were numbered there.
Eric Koreen: “We love Scottie. We think he has a chance to really alter the direction of the franchise,” Webster says. At the same time, he says up until 6 p.m. on draft night, they had thoughts about trading the pick.
Josh Lewenberg: Bobby Webster on Masai Ujiri’s new deal: “It was good timing (after) losing the legend Lowry but keeping another Raptor legend in Masai. I always felt like he was coming back… There was no letdown from him (after the season).”
Josh Lewenberg: Webster just spoke with Achiuwa and Dragic, said both are excited. He said they entertained the idea of re-routing Dragic, and was open about it with his reps. “If we got an offer that was too good to refuse we’d listen. But we want Goran here and I think he’s happy to be here”