Ujiri: We're not good enough, open to dealing Lowry
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"I always said since I came [to Toronto], the players will dictate where we go and the team will dictate where we go," he stated. "That's kind of how it's been. So they're growing and you want it that way."We try to study [but] we're not geniuses," Ujiri admitted. "You have to get lucky sometimes and I think we were lucky. It kind of came together in terms of chemistry".
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"We try to study [but] we're not geniuses," Ujiri admitted. "You have to get lucky sometimes and I think we were lucky. It kind of came together in terms of chemistry."

With 30 regular season games to go, the Raptors find themselves at the top of the Atlantic Division, third in the Eastern Conference. They're one game ahead of fourth-place Chicago and only 3.5 games separate them from Brooklyn, sitting in the seventh seed.

Ujiri won't compromise the organization's future for instant gratification but he knows where they sit in the East and would consider adding another impact player as long as it doesn't derail their long-term flexibility.

"I don't want to call out the conference," he said, "I can't do that but it's the measuring stick and I think we have to keep that in mind.


Lowry - a subject of trade rumours all season, the final year of his contract - has been a big part of the Raptors' success and figures to be just as valuable to a their playoff cause. The question, as it has been for months is: Will he be around for the stretch run? I hate to comment about any player in that way, but I think we are not good enough so you have to keep it open," he responded. "That's the honest answer. These guys have done pretty good. I know we've won a couple of games but we haven't done anything yet."


Translation; there are no untradeable players on the roster, Lowry included. If the right offer comes along Lowry could be moved but the asking price is significant, as it should be.

It should go without saying, but Ujiri won't be pressured into selling off Lowry or any of his assets simply to make a mid-season splash. Although previous regimes have fallen into that trap, the Raptors' first-year GM will survey the field and go from there.

His phone is on. His eyes and ears are open.
Lewenberg: Ujiri keeping an open mind heading into deadline
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm happy to hear his comments, he's saying all the right things. He understands that the Eastern confernece is pretty much a joke this year. If the right deal comes around for Lowry or anyone else on the roster, he should pull the trigger. The price in the past was a prospect and a 1st. I'm assuming it has definitely increased. If we can get more than that, I would definitely be willing to trade him. We're best case scenario, 2nd round exit at this point.
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The price in the past was a prospect and a 1st. I'm assuming it has definitely increased. If we can get more than that, I would definitely be willing to trade him.
No way we get more then that for a 2 month rental. Probably 1st/Prospect + shitty player (Felton type of player) is the best case scenario.
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WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THANK YOU.
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"I don't want to call out the conference," he said, "I can't do that but it's the measuring stick and I think we have to keep that in mind.”
THANK YOU BRO, I KNEW IT WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE TO TRUST YA.
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No way we get more then that for a 2 month rental. Probably 1st/Prospect + shitty player (Felton type of player) is the best case scenario.
Yeah agree, its highly unlikely. I think that will be Mu's price though seeing how he would basically hand over the Atlantic and lose one of the top pgs in the East.

He would want something like:


Raptors receive: Hardaway, Felton, Artest, 2018 NYK 1st, 2015 DEN 1st.

Knicks receive: Kyle Lowry and Tyler Hansbrough.

Nuggets receive: Iman Shumpert.
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Why do MUs words look comlpletey put almost out of place after questions that weren't even asked in this article.
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i dont think any team is gonna meat Ujiris asking price if they do then by all means do the trade but dont do the trade just for the sake of doing a trade
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time to fire sale :mu:
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This is just some extra reverse psychology mojo to light the fire under Lowry's ass for the second half. He isn't going anywhere unless they blow us away. :mu:
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time to fire sale :mu:
Uh huh, that is precisely what is inferred here. Or the exact opposite.
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"I don't want to call out the conference," he said, "I can't do that but it's the measuring stick and I think we have to keep that in mind.”

I know we've won a couple of games but we haven't done anything yet."

Good to see he acknowledges what is one of the weakest conferences, if not the weakest, in modern NBA history. He also puts what this team has done into context.

He speaks so much better than BC.
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"I don't want to call out the conference," he said, "I can't do that but it's the measuring stick and I think we have to keep that in mind.

I know we've won a couple of games but we haven't done anything yet."

Good to see he acknowledges what is one of the weakest conferences, if not the weakest, in modern NBA history. He also puts what this team has done into context.

He speaks so much better than BC.
And BC'S best quality was his ability to speak ahahaahahha:mu:
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He speaks so much better than BC.
Actually, that's certainly not one thing he does better than BC. lol
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His (Masai) words look better typed out in a sentence perhaps, but BC I think majored in bullshitting in college and minored in used car sales.
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What he does much better with his words than Bryan, is give an honest representation of his plans, and offer them a real opportunity to impinge upon them. There is a sense of a true partnership to replace any kind of meddling or political positioning anywhere from top to bottom.
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His (Masai) words look better typed out in a sentence perhaps, but BC I think majored in bullshitting in college and minored in used car sales.
A GM that bullshits and sells hard........ya don't say?
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What he does much better with his words than Bryan, is give an honest representation of his plans, and offer them a real opportunity to impinge upon them. There is a sense of a true partnership to replace any kind of meddling or political positioning anywhere from top to bottom.
But Masai's team is profiting from Bryan's organic strategy right now as well.
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MU apparently said he wouldn't rule out acquiring an impact player as long as it didn't mortage the team's future. Granted, there's no quote and just Lewenberg reporting this, but this point shouldn't be lost. MU is open to making a deal - either to improve the team immediately or to add pieces for the future. Really, this isn't a surprise.
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