Currently sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors evidently already have a strong roster in place that is more than capable of winning games each time it takes the court.
The big question is whether or not Toronto has enough to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers and represent the East in the NBA Finals. The Raptors may need to go shopping before the Feb. 23 trade deadline to acquire a piece that truly pushes them over the hump.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri joined Prime Time Sports on Thursday and revealed that opposing teams have been making inquiries regarding possible deals.
“We were busy last week,” Ujiri told Bob McCown and Damien Cox. “There were tons of calls because of the Kyle Korver trade and everybody thought there was another domino coming. There are plenty of calls. That’s the way the NBA works and then all of a sudden it goes quiet.”
With Toronto already boasting one of the best records in the league, Ujiri stressed he and his staff would not settle for a bad deal. If the right trade doesn’t present itself, the Raptors will not force anything just for the sake of making a move.
“We find ourselves in a special place, which is second in the East,” Ujiri said. “There is a window with Kyle Lowry, DeMar [DeRozan] and DeMarre [Carroll] with those kind of guys in their prime and we will take advantage. But we’re not making bad deals. It doesn’t help business, it doesn’t help your future. Trust me, if a deal is not made just know there was nothing on the table for us that would really enhance our team.”
Ujiri goes on to discuss Jared Sullinger’s progress, the team’s rivalry with the Boston Celtics and much more. You can listen to the full segment in the video at the top of this page.