Raptors officially in tank mode after Rudy Gay trade

While general manager Masai Ujiri won't admit it, the Toronto Raptors are clearly in teardown mode...

While general manager Masai Ujiri won't admit it, the Toronto Raptors are clearly in teardown mode after dealing Rudy Gay. (USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

Masai Ujiri is thinking long-term and is thrilled to have rid himself of Rudy Gay’s albatross of a contract.

Sure, he hedged a bit on Monday, just 30 minutes after the seven-player deal with the Sacramento Kings was officially completed, saying he was aiming to make the Raptors better both now and in the future.

But it’s clear one period of time holds far more importance than the other.

Ujiri termed the deletion of Gay’s $19.3 million 2014-15 contract option a “long-term” move and said the uncertainty of not knowing whether Gay would opt out (even though it seems unthinkable he would, given how poorly he’s played this season) made his job more difficult.

“That option was tough on our part. It’s a tough place to be where you can’t go to Rudy and say: ‘Hey, we need to talk about the future.’ That option really put us in a tough position to plan. I would say flexibility long-term,” Ujiri said.


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