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Raptors' Scottie Barnes calls out reporter for 'sickening' Anunoby trade rumours

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Raptors forward Scottie Barnes is not happy with Jake Fischer over the OG Anunoby rumours. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
Raptors forward Scottie Barnes is not happy with Jake Fischer over the OG Anunoby rumours. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors fans aren’t the only ones who appear frustrated with Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.

Scottie Barnes, the NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year, spoke out while live-streaming NBA 2K22 on Tuesday and made his feelings known about some of the recent Raptors rumours Fischer has lobbed out.

“Jake L. Fischer. Why is Jake L. Fischer following me?” Barnes questioned while holding his phone to the camera to show his Instagram page. “Nah, there's no way the man thinks it's cool to follow me after he's putting out bad reports.

"It's sick. Talking about my boy wanting a trade? It's sick, bro. Sickening. You've gotta do better, fam.”

Barnes’s disdain for the Bleacher Report reporter stems from a May 31 article that outlined the possibility that Raptors forward OG Anunoby might be unhappy with his role in Toronto. Fischer also made an appearance on Nate Duncan’s Dunc’d On podcast, where he looked to expand on the Raptors situation, saying “there's a lot of guys who are dissatisfied with their roles in Toronto.

This isn’t the first time Barnes has negatively commented on Fischer’s reporting. The day that Fischer’s initial story about Anunoby dropped, Barnes replied on Instagram, saying, “close source said it’s bad news” with a pair of accompanying laughing emojis.

Barnes was taken fourth overall in last year’s NBA draft by the Raptors and blossomed into the league's top freshman after a stellar first season where he averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game on 49.2 per cent shooting from the floor. In four playoff games, the 20-year-old put up 12.8 points, nine rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest on 42.9 per cent shooting.

It's safe to say Barnes isn't one of the Raptors alleged to be unhappy with his situation in Toronto.

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