1. OG Anunoby
While Ujiri was reportedly unwilling to trade away Anunoby for Damian Lillard (calling into question how serious he was about negotiating in the first place), he might reach a breaking point. If Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam are not going anywhere, Anunoby is the only moveable piece of the big three.
OG is a free agent at the end of this season, and it will be hard to figure out a way to retain him, sign Siakam to a gigantic multi-year deal, and save enough room for the eventual Barnes extension. As a result, Ujiri needs to either explore win-now moves with OG at the center or retool trades prioritizing picks and players.
Will the Toronto Raptors trade OG Anunoby?
Ujiri has his ring as an executive, but he is in danger of fans calling for his resignation if he loses both Anunoby and Fred VanVleet for nothing in free agency. Ujiri might have a sore spot for players he drafted and watched develop, but that shouldn’t cloud his judgment this season.
Anunoby is a tremendous Raptor ambassador who has evolved into an elite defensive wing. However, he possesses neither Barnes’ offensive potential nor Siakam’s tangible star power. As a result, a trade could be coming if Ujiri learns to finally value him appropriately.