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Masai Ujiri Preaches Patience at End of Season Press Conference

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The Toronto Raptors GM continued to hold his cards close to his chest at Tuesday's season-ending presser.

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After the disappointment of a first round sweep, Toronto Raptors fans are rightfully frothing at the mouth for organizational change. The man behind the decision-making this summer is, of course, general manager Masai Ujiri, who held his season-ending press conference today at the Air Canada Centre.

Let's get this out of the way: the biggest news to come out of the press conference is that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is in advanced talks with the NBA to purchase a D-League affiliate for the Raptors.

Masai lamented the lack of playing time for Bruno Caboclo, but says his work in the gym has started to pay off as he develops an NBA body.

Anyone looking for more insight from the GM will be disappointed. He was non-committal on head coach Dwane Casey's future.

Like his head coach, he cited mid-season injuries as a turning point, both in gassing Kyle Lowry and in stunting the team's defense.

For those looking to read between the lines, Masai seemed more interested in discussing the summer of 2016 than the one upcoming.

Finally, he apologized for his foul mouth before the playoffs, but didn't lament calling out Paul Pierce.

Given the press conference was just two days after the end of the season, it's difficult to expect much from Masai Ujiri. Over and over, he said that the next two weeks would be an important time for evaluating every Toronto Raptor - coaches and players alike. He repeated the words "patience" and "building". Beyond that and the D-League news, there isn't much to be gleaned.

What are your thoughts on Masai's quotes? Are you hopeful for change this upcoming offseason?