Toronto Raptors’ O.G. Anunoby allegedly ‘wants out of Toronto.’

January 25, 2023

The trade chatter around O.G. was loud despite his reserved demeanor on the court. Anunoby’s volume continues rising.


Another rumor regarding a potential departure from the only NBA team Anunoby has ever known has surfaced just one day after a Toronto Star story said the Toronto Raptors were given three first-round picks in exchange for the 25-year-old forward.


Anunoby no longer wants to be part of Raptor, according to longtime Toronto radio broadcaster Bob McCown, who revealed this on his podcast on Tuesday.


“I spoke with an NBA insider on the phone yesterday,” McCown remarked. “He only called me by chance. I’ve known him for quite a while. He says Anunoby wants to leave Toronto. Aunoby wants to go. He desires to be exchanged. I don’t know whether they’re attempting anything. He has a well-known name that has been around for a while.”


There have been rumors about Anunoby being dissatisfied in Toronto before. In May, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report said that the forward was “unhappy with his job” and that teams were reportedly approaching in an attempt to sign him.


In November, Anunoby said to a source that he was “surprised” to receive the information and that he “can’t do anything” to stop his name from making headlines.


Anunoby is having a career year as he averages 17.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc on more than five attempts a game. He also has the most thefts (90) and steals per game (4.0) in the league (2.1).


The Indiana University product has a player option for the 2024–25 season and is under contract for at least one more season. This year, he had a little over $17 million in earnings.


Given how poorly the Raptors have fared this season, there has been a lot of speculation about Toronto trading before the deadline, with Anunoby being one of the top targets due to the hefty return it is expected he would receive in any deal.


The NBA trade deadline is February 9.

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