Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse didn't mince words when he was asked how new players, namely Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, were fitting in with the team's defensive identity.
"Nope. Nope. Nope. Those guys have not understood A) how hard we play, B) our schemes, that defence is a priority for them, etc.," Nurse explained when TSN's Josh Lewenberg asked if Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson have helped since both were brought in partly because of their defensive mentality.
"We've got some work to do with that crew. I tell them there's a couple spots, come Tuesday night there's a couple spots there open if somebody wants them. And I keep telling [them] show me you're going to play defence, show me you're going to play hard, show me you understand our coverages. And then whatever you do on the other you're going to get opportunities just because of who you're on the floor with and they'll come to you, you don't have to come down and occupy 95 per cent of your mind with how you're going to break down and get your next shot. It's not going to get you on the floor right now. So we've got some work to do. We've got to find who's going to blend in quickly defensively with this crew."
The defending NBA champion Raptors signed Johnson, Hollis-Jefferson as well as Terence Davis and Matt Thomas this summer following the departures of Danny Green and superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles-based teams.
Johnson, 23, averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists over 66 games with the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans last season.
Hollis-Jefferson, 24, averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 59 games with the Brooklyn Nets in 2018-19.
Later on Wednesday, the Raptors waived power forward Sagaba Konate, according to Lewenberg.
Toronto now has 19 players on their training camp roster with 12 players on guaranteed deals and seven on partial or non-guaranteed deals. There is still three roster spots available and two two-way spots.