After not having a first round selection in his first season as GM, Masai Ujiri has an opportunity to make a mark in his second year with his team holding the no. 20 selection in the NBA Draft.
Ujiri joined TSN 1050 to discuss the Raptors draft strategy and whether the team is leaning towards taking a hometown player.
He mentioned player position will be a consideration, saying a “big three” would be appealing but at the end of the day one factor will take precedence.
“We're going after the best talent available, that's for sure,” Ujiri said, while also commenting that he team is anticipating picking at their 20th spot at this point, but will also stay aggressive if there are opportunities to improve the club.
Admitting that Tyler Ennis – who reportedly may fall into the range of where the Raptors are picking – is someone he has his eye on, Ujiri said that Ennis being a Toronto native is something the Raptors view as a positive.
“But if he's not the best talent available at that point, then it's a different story,” Ujiri said. “He's a very talented player and he's right there on our board, but who knows what will happen tomorrow.”
Besides the draft, Ujiri also weighed in on where the team stands in it's negotiations with free agent point guard Kyle Lowry.
“We're going to attack it and go after getting something done…Hopefully we can be very fair to Kyle and get him back to leading the Toronto Raptors another season.”
Ujiri: Draft strategy, Ennis a possibility?