Much has been made about the recent ominous comments by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry about the state of the Toronto Raptors and their current slide down the standings. Some have even gone as far as to suggest the club’s deal with the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka was an immediate reaction to the players’ concerns.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri says that’s not the case.

“Everybody thinks this is because (Raptors players) were saying this,” Ujiri told Bob McCown and Arash Madani on Prime Time Sports Wednesday evening. “Because DeMar said we need help, now, ‘OK now I got them help.’ I’m not waiting for DeMar to tell me that we need help or tell the media that we need help. That’s not even close.”

The Raptors are 10-14 since Jan. 1 and have tumbled from second to fifth in the Eastern Conference as a result. After a particularly disappointing 102-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Lowry and DeRozan sounded off in their post-game comments.

“I’m starting to get worried, yeah,” Lowry said. “It’s not going the way we’re supposed to be going and things aren’t changing, so yeah, I’m starting to get worried … something's gotta give, something's gotta change.”

Added DeRozan: “[We have] 27 more games, that’s going to fly by. We ain’t got much time … If help is an option, why not?”