Masai Ujiri's To-Do List

The General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, has performed two astonishing feats in his short tenure. First, he traded Andrea Bargnani, and received actual value in return (Steve Novak and draft picks). Then he hoodwinked traded with Sacramento, who now must cope with Rudy Gay’s salary cap-choking contract and selfish play. Much to my disbelief, Masai received no fewer than four useful NBA players in return. What can’t he do?

Dec 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) defends at the Air Canada Centre. Charlotte defeated Toronto 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Since no element of roster rehabilitation seems beyond his grasp, I’m going to set him some further tasks. If he can pull these off, he may be Executive of the Year, again. He will be in the eyes of Raps fans, anyway.

  • Find a new home for Landry Fields. The man has zero 3-pointers this season. While I’m sympathetic to his injury problems, the well has been poisoned. Both team and player would be better off with a fresh start somewhere else. He is owed a ludicrous $8.5M for next season; let someone else overpay. This may be a situation where the Raps look to pick up another team’s headache player(s), as long as everyone who come to us is on an expiring contract.
  • Re-sign Kyle Lowry. Bryan Colangelo certainly did his share of bum deals (cf.: Landry Fields) while he was Big Man on Campus, but giving up a first-round draft pick in last year’s pitiful draft plus Gary Forbes (who?) wasn’t one of them. Kyle’s play this season has been consistently sound, and I’d like him to stay. If Kyle were offered a 2-year plus third-year team option deal at a slight bump to his current annual pay of $6.2M, I bet he’d grab it.

What do you say, Rapture Nation? Would you like our GM to make these deals? Let me know in the Comments.

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