Ujiri declines comment on Durant, says he’s happy with where Raptors are at

Raptors president Masai Ujiri said he’s incredibly happy with the team’s current roster situation amid reports that superstar Kevin Durant is on the trade block and Toronto is in the mix.

Ujiri was in Ottawa on Friday for the unveiling of an art installation he helped create that is inspired by Nelson Mandela. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those present.

Although Ujiri understandably declined to speak specifically about Durant’s situation, he was quick to praise the current roster as he headed to Las Vegas for the Summer League.

“I’m so excited to see all of our players who will be there, our young players who will be playing in the Summer League,” Ujiri told CityNews. “I know one thing: we’re going to win in Toronto and we’re going to keep growing. I’m super confident about that.

“I know with all the talk, I’m incredibly happy with where our team is and how we’re continuing to grow.”

Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster have already been busy this offseason re-signing Thad Young and Chris Boucher and adding free agent Otto Porter Jr. to the mix.

The Raptors finished fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 48-34 record and are aiming to improve their playoff performance as they were eliminated by the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the first round.

Someone like Durant, who is a two-time NBA champion and 11-time All-NBA draft pick, would surely provide a boost, similar to Kawhi Leonard’s impact in the 2018-19 season leading Toronto to the first title. of the franchise.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to suggest Toronto could be a “hidden” dark horse in trade talks for Durant. Sportsnet’s Michael Grange added that the Raptors “feel they can muster the best set of assets the Brooklyn Nets are likely to get.”

As the rumor mill continues to swirl, Ujiri’s top priority remains the team’s internal growth.

“We will continue to look there to see how we can improve our team, but our internal growth is what is most important to us,” Ujiri said. “…I think seeing the growth of all these young players, I’m happy with it and we will continue to grow.”

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