Despite his quiet nature on the field, the trade rumor surrounding OG Anunoby continues to mount.
Just a day after a Toronto Star report claimed the Toronto Raptors were offered three first-round picks for the 25-year-old forward, another rumor has emerged about a possible exit from the only NBA team to ever see Anunoby’s. has known.
Longtime Toronto radio personality Bob McCown said on his podcast Tuesday that Anunoby no longer wants to be a Raptor.
“I spoke to an NBA insider on the phone yesterday,” McCown said. “He just accidentally called me. It is a man I have known for several years. He tells me Anunoby wants out of Toronto. Anunoby wants out. He wants to be traded. I don’t know if they are trying to do anything. He is a name that has been around for quite some time.”
This isn’t the first time rumors have circulated that Anunoby is unhappy in Toronto. Jake Fischer, then of Bleacher Report, reported in May that the striker was “unhappy with his role” and that teams were circling in hopes of reeling in the reportedly disgruntled player.
Anunoby told TSN’s Kate Beirness in November that he was “surprised” to hear the news and admitted that he “can’t do anything” about his name appearing in the headlines.
Anunoby is in the middle of a career year, averaging 17.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range on more than five attempts per game. In addition, he leads the league in steals (90) and steals per game (2.1).
The Indiana University product is under contract for at least one more season and has a player option for the 2024-2025 season. He’s making just over $17 million this year.
Given the way the Raptors have underperformed this season, there has been much speculation that Toronto would sell on TBEN, with Anunoby being one of the leading candidates due to the supposed high returns he would get in any trade.
The NBA trade TBEN is February 9.
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