Ujiri says Raptors haven't discussed extension with Siakam
Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri hasn't discussed a potential contract extension with star forward Pascal Siakam, Ujiri said Monday, according to Sportsnet's Michael Grange.
"We do believe in Pascal. We do believe that a lot of our players didn't play the right way last year," Uriji said during media day when asked about not starting extension talks with the two-time All-Star.
He added, "I said it, that we were selfish; I'm not running away from that. We were selfish, and we didn't play the right way. So, let us see it when we play the right way."
However, Siakam refuted Monday that he's a selfish player, saying, "I don't have an ounce of selfishness in me," per Grange.
"I'm under contract," Siakam said when asked about his future with the team, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "I'm a Raptors player. That's what I'm focused on. I'm focused on the present."
The 29-year-old deferred to his representation when asked about an extension with the organization, Lewenberg reports.
The Raptors struggled offensively in 2022-23, ranking 23rd in assists per game and 28th in 3-point percentage. Toronto finished the season with a 41-41 record and fired Nick Nurse after the team was eliminated in the play-in tournament. The club hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant Darko Rajakovic in hopes of implementing a new offensive system.
"I don't like heavy iso basketball, I don't think you can win at the highest level doing that," said Rajakovic. "The biggest thing is getting players to buy in that doing less is doing more."
Despite not discussing a new deal with Siakam, Ujiri said he'll start working on extensions for forward O.G. Anunoby and guard Gary Trent Jr. - both are eligible for new contracts.
"I love Toronto," said Anunoby, according to The Athletic's Eric Koreen. "I want to be here. I let my agency handle all that stuff."
The Raptors will travel to Vancouver for training camp.
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