Toronto Raptors assistant GM Dan Tolzman scoffed at the notion that forward OG Anunoby has been dissatisfied with his role. In a question about the rumors around the Raptors’ forward, Tolzman told Aaron Rose of SI that the rumor is not real.
“Those sorts of discussions and feelings are a little above my paygrade, but I can tell you from my seat, yeah, it’s definitely something that I have no comment on, because I don’t see any reason why any of that’s real.”
It was the first statement from the organization since Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer suggested he’d heard Anunoby was upset from rival organizations. The notion was based on the fact that rookie Scottie Barnes assumed a big role in his first season.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri said he plans to keep the roster intact for next year and will use the mid-level exception to make minor moves to improve the team. The Raptors made the playoffs after missing the 2020-21 postseason.
They met the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of 2021-22 playoffs being the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers beat Nick Nurse and co. 4-2 in the series. Anunoby has two more guaranteed years left on his contract.
He has a $19.9 player option for 2024-25 season. Anunoby is a valuable 3-and-D option and that type of players are hard to find at that price. It does not make sense for the Raptors to want to offload him, while he received starter minutes.
He averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per 36 minutes through 48 games. He missed some time due to injury, but he was healthy in the postseason logging 36.3 minutes per in the series vs the Sixers.