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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on blowing team up: “We’re not doing that here”

Raptors Wrapup Basketball

Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team president Masai Ujiri speaks to media at an end-of-season availability in Toronto, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

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After another ugly playoff exit at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors will not be taking a big step back, blowing it up and tanking.

It’s not clear what the path forward is, but going backwards is not an option.

That according to the guy with the hammer in Toronto, GM/President Masai Ujiri, speaking to the media on Wednesday (it was an energized speech, he was fired up).

What that path forward looks like is unclear.

There is a sense around the league that coach Dwane Casey’s job is in danger, despite doing a job that got him voted Coach of the Year by his peers. Ujiri danced around that question (same as he did they ear before, when he brought Casey back).

There is a buzz around the league that Toronto could decide to break up the DeMar DeRozan/Kyle Lowry backcourt, likely trying to trade DeRozan. There would be interest from other teams in a trade, although whether Ujiri could get reasonable value back remains a question. It would be a radical step.

But after the culture reset of last summer led to the exact same place, maybe it’s time for something radical.