Can Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors Resist Temptation at Trade Deadline?

February 11th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri didn't carve out a reputation as one of the most ruthlessly effective executives in the NBA by standing pat.

Ujiri's Raptors are in good shape right now, largely because of the deals he's made since taking over in May of 2013. As a result, there's a good case to be made that Toronto should avoid participating in the flurry of trade deadline activity this month.

But as that deadline nears and the Raptors continue to hover around. 500, it's fair to wonder whether Ujiri's feelings on mediocrity—combined with his skills as both a wheeler and a dealer—will make it tough to hold off on entering the trade melee.

Remember, Ujiri has been uncomfortable with "decent" for a long time:

In addition to his desire to take advantage of a few more suckers (New York Knicks, anyone?) there's also the fact that Ujiri's team is positioned nicely to make a few moves.

Per Grantland's Zach Lowe:

The Raps have a lot of dead or semi-dead salary they’d like to move, an extra first-round pick courtesy of the Knicks (BARGS BARGITTY BARGS!), ...

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