Sounds like a bullshit story. What reason do they have to ignore him? What player would play with "excruciating pain" in the knee even if he was told to? What would the Raptors
gain forcing him to play when its obvious the goal of the season is tanking for a low pick?
If their goal was to trade him, it would obviously be the contrary. Let him heal to go back to full form and keep his trade value up.