February 23rd, 2024

Raptors president Masai Ujiri preaches patience after Pascal Siakam trade

By The Canadian Press on January 18, 2024.

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri preached patience a day after trading away all-star forward Pascal Siakam. Ujiri speaks to the media regarding the recent trades in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri preached patience a day after trading away all-star forward Pascal Siakam.

Ujiri spoke about the future of his team in an hour-long news conference today.

He says the deal that sent Siakam to the Indiana Pacers was about creating roster flexibility.

Ujiri added that he was excited for the future of the team, even as he mourned the end of Toronto’s championship era.

Siakam was one of the last players from the Raptors 2019 NBA title-winning team.

Montreal’s Chris Boucher is the last remaining piece of that championship team still playing in Toronto.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2024.

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