June 24, 2024

Ujiri may have to make huge decisions by the summer, with Anunoby and SIakam set to become free agents.The Toronto Raptors are not exactly among the top-performing teams right now, especially with Fred c.

Ujiri has his way of managing the Raptors, although things are not looking pretty. They also lost a good head coach in Nick Nurse, the same guy who led them to their first NBA title in 2019. And if they are not careful, they could lose more players with OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam, who are set to become free agents next offseason.

“It doesn’t seem like they have a plan for anything. And then and everyone else in the league, it’s like, yeah, Masai, he’s just, he does his own thing,” Ryen Rusillo said on the Bill Simmons podcast

Having delivered the NBA franchise’s first and only title appears to be dragging on for Ujiri. But the reality is that

Simmons suggests that, if a decision arises, the Raptors should wisely prioritize investing in the younger Anunoby rather than Siakam.

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“I would rather invest in OG despite some of the health stuff in the beginning than I would see Siakam,” Simmons started. “Because, see, Siakam is such a diminished version of who he’s been,” he added.

Ujiri sees something in Anunoby

A superstar player could provide the Raptors a boost if Ujiri wanted it to happen. Unfortunately, he was not willing to include Anunoby in any trade deal.

management is bound to want more, and Ujiri may have to consider that moving forward if he has plans to stay on with the Raptors.

“I mean, I kind of respect it. But it just feels like he feels no pressure at all because of that title,” Rusillo added.

Who should the Raptors keep between Anunoby and Siakam?

At some point, the Raptors will have to decide whether it would be wise to keep Anunoby and Siaka

After averaging 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 71 regular season games, Siakam saw a dip in his performance. In the 27 games he has played so far this season, he averages 21 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 34.6 minutes of action.

Anunoby has not been that great, either. From an average of 16.8 points, five rebounds, two assists, and 1.9 steals, he too has shown a dipped performance of 14.7 points, four rebounds, 2.5 assists and a steal in 23 games.


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