Masai Ujiri wants Raptors to play 'the right way’ before negotiating deal with Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has confirmed that the team is not in contract negotiations with the owner. Pascal, I’m sorry He’s waiting to see how they do „when we play the right way.”

Ujiri was referring to comments he made after the Raptors were eliminated in the play-in round last season when he called out the team for selfish play.

„We believe in Pascal. We believe that a lot of our players didn’t play the right way last year and we want to see them play the right way,” Ujiri said during Toronto’s media day on Monday. „I said we were selfish, I didn’t run away from it, we were selfish, we didn’t play the right way, so we’ll see when we play the right way.”

Siakam, who is set to become a free agent next summer, addressed allegations of selfishness for the first time Monday, telling reporters he always „played the right way.”

„I think I’ve always played the game the right way, there’s no selfishness in me and I want to continue to do that and I feel like I’ve always done that,” Siakam said. said. „I’m not the coach, I’m not listening or the coaches have never told me I’m not doing the right thing on the court — every time I’ve done it, a coach has told me not to do it, I’ve done it right.

„That’s why I’m here today, as a player, to learn from my mistakes and get better. I don’t think I’ve ever been a selfish player.”

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The Raptors have been undecided on a direction for the past two seasons, moving on from longtime coach Nick Nurse this summer and losing a veteran point guard. Fred VanVleet In free enterprise. Siagam and and AnunophiWho will hit free agency next season has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors over the past year.

„This is the team we want to take next season,” Ujiri said on Monday. „Did we look at other opportunities? Yes we did. Did we look at maybe going younger? Yes we did. But sometimes those opportunities are there and sometimes they aren’t. … I know everybody’s looking for trades, I know. Everybody’s looking for moves. Trust me — – When the right ones come along, the right opportunities come along, and maybe we’ll take those opportunities.”

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