OG Anunoby Trade Rumors Aren't 'All That Noteworthy,' Raptors GM Bobby Webster Says

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJune 21, 2022

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Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster does not seem more concerned over rumors of OG Anunoby being frustrated with his role.

"We have great communication with OG, he's up here now. I don't think it's all that noteworthy," Webster told reporters Tuesday.

Jake Fischer of B/R reported last month that Anunoby "grew dissatisfied" with his role at certain points last season, though that had not been relayed to the Raptors.

Anunoby averaged a career-high 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the 2021-22 season but was limited to 48 games due to injury. His role as the Raptors' primary defensive stopper on the perimeter became less defined amid the emergence of rookie Scottie Barnes, who provides a similar skill set.

Barnes' emergence arguably made Anunoby somewhat expendable if the Raptors were looking to make a move, but it would likely take a significant offer. Anunoby is heading into the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract, a deal that instantly looked like a bargain even with his injury issues.

The Raptors are also among the switchiest teams on the perimeter on the defensive end, which makes any fit issues with Barnes and Pascal Siakam avoidable. Some spacing concerns might crop up on the offensive side if Barnes doesn't develop a more consistent jumper.

That said, the Raptors have a very good problem of having a plethora of rangy, young and athletic wings; don't expect them to jettison any over small fit concerns.