Regardless of his quiet disposition on the court docket, the commerce noise round O.G. Anunoby retains crescendoing.
Only a day after a Toronto Star report claimed the Toronto Raptors have been provided three first-round picks for the 25-year-old ahead, one other hearsay a couple of attainable departure from the one NBA crew Anunoby’s ever recognized has come ahead.
Longtime Toronto radio character Bob McCown stated Tuesday on his podcast that Anunoby now not desires to be a Raptor.
“I talked to an insider contained in the NBA yesterday on the telephone,” McCown stated. “Simply accidentally he referred to as me. He’s a man I’ve recognized for a number of years. He tells me that Anunoby desires out of Toronto. Anunoby desires out. He desires to be traded. I don’t know in the event that they’re making an attempt to do one thing. He’s a reputation that’s been on the market for fairly a while.”
This isn’t the primary time rumours have unfold about Anunoby being sad in Toronto. Jake Fischer, then of Bleacher Report, reported in Could that the ahead was “sad together with his position” and had groups circling round with the hopes of touchdown the allegedly disgruntled participant.
Anunoby told TSN’s Kate Beirness in November that he was “shocked” to listen to the information and admitted he “cannot do something” about his title showing in headlines.
Anunoby is within the midst of a profession yr, averaging 17.4 factors and 5.7 rebounds per sport whereas taking pictures 36.4 p.c from three-point vary on greater than 5 makes an attempt per contest. Moreover, he leads the league in steals (90) and steals per sport (2.1).
The Indiana College product is below contract for at the least another season and has a participant choice for the 2024-25 season. He’s making simply over $17-million this yr.
Given the best way the Raptors have underperformed this season, there’s been a lot hypothesis about Toronto promoting on the deadline, with Anunoby among the many prime candidates due to the assumed excessive return he would get in any commerce.
The NBA Commerce Deadline is Feb. 9.
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