To say that most of the NBA’s players were dissatisfied with the 2016 Presidential Election would be an understatement, but Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri took a different stance.
For the league’s big-name free agents, Toronto has never been a place they considered going to. Both in the present and the past. The Raptors had a hard time maintaining relevancy until the last few years rolled around, but Masai Ujiri thinks their fortunes will reverse.
“I want to thank Donald Trump for making Toronto an unbelievable sports destination,” said Ujiri to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press. Because of Donald Trump’s brazen racism and outspokenness, jokes of leaving the United States and moving to Canada have been thrown around for most of his campaign.
Surely, a Trump administration wouldn’t be the only thing catching the eyes of potential free agents, but it could help.
The Raptors have an excellent foundation in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and the two have almost single-handedly transformed Toronto into one of the East’s three best teams.
DeRozan is the association’s biggest scoring threat right now, and his 34.1 points per game average is the league standard; Lowry’s having a down year regarding scoring, but he’s still a stout defensive guard and a solid playmaker.
Dwane Casey is another guy who could help lure guys up North, and he’s in place to be the Raptors’ head coach for the foreseeable future.
Also, there’s Drake. And what NBA star wouldn’t want Drizzy clapping for them from his courtside seat?
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