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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri awaits forward Sasha Vezenkov

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri awaits forward Sasha Vezenkov
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri awaits forward Sasha Vezenkov

Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri is willing to be patient with Sasha Vezenkov.

The 28-year-old forward was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Raptors on June 28, on the second day of the NBA Draft. Vezenkov was sent to Toronto along with Davion Mitchell, the draft rights to Jamal Shead and a 2025 second-round pick.

Mitchell and Shead have signed with the Raptors, but Vezenkov has not. According to media reports, he wants to sign a multi-year contract with the Greek Olympiacos in the EuroLeague.

“We’re still in that situation,” Ujiri said. “I think that will develop over the next few days or we’ll see if it lasts a couple of months.”

The 6-foot-1 Bulgarian, born in Cyprus, averaged 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 12.2 minutes per game in his first NBA season. He has played in 42 games in 2023-24 and could add some depth to the forward position on Toronto’s bench.

“We acquired a player in a trade and we feel like we communicated well,” Ujiri said. “We’ve communicated well with the agent and the team before, so we’ll see how that goes.”

The Raptors officially signed All-Star forward Scottie Barnes and starting point guard Immanuel Quickley to contracts on Monday.

Quickley will reportedly have a cap hit of $30.2 million, while Barnes, whose new deal begins in the 2025-26 season, is still owed $10.1 million. Those contracts leave the Raptors with a payroll of about $168.8 million next season, $2.2 million below the NBA’s luxury tax threshold.