Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri met up with reporters at the conclusion of the trading period, which officially closed at 3 p.m on Thursday.
Ujiri, who has successfully built the Raptors into a major playoff contender in the Eastern Conference in just his third season in that front-office, provided insights on his next plan for the team and gave the reason behind his decision to stand pat with the current unit as the trade window expired.
Several teams reportedly reached out and presented the Raptors an opportunity to bolster their lineup by offering their high-profile trade assets, some of which are legit NBA superstars.
Ujiri eventually decided to keep the core intact for the remainder of the season, adding that he couldn’t compromise the future of the team for trades that won’t matter in the long run.
“We didn’t want to give up the future of our team for any of the stuff out there.” – Masai Ujiri on standing put. pic.twitter.com/cMlswWb3G0
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 18, 2016
Despite taking a conservative approach at the trade deadline for the second straight season, Ujiri addressed that he might make some moves in the offseason, either through trades or free-agency signings.
The executive also said if there’s something the Raptors achieved at the trade deadline, it was probably the news about DeMarre Carroll’s progress from a knee injury, which sidelined him since early January.
The Raptors, currently second in the Eastern Conference with a 35-17 slate, emerged as potential suitors for several top trade candidates ahead of Feb. 18 deadline.
Many expected them to make a significant move in an attempt to become a legit threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, but Ujiri and his team ultimately decided to keep their assets – which includes four first-round picks over the next two years – than making a run at players like Dwight Howard and Al Horford, who could leave the team this summer.
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