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Sources: Raptors targeting Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to run organization

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Sources: Raptors targeting Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to run organization

Sources: Raptors targeting Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to run organization

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is pursuing Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri to take over as the top basketball executive of the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Masai, the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year, has emerged as the top choice of the search firm – Korn/Ferry International – that's been charged with finding a successor to Raptors president Bryan Colangelo, league sources said.Masai Ujiri (Getty Images)

MLSE has until Monday to make a decision on Colangelo's contract option for next year. It is possible that he could stay with the franchise under a new top basketball official.

Ujiri's contract as Denver's general manager expires this summer and he has been in talks with ownership on an extension. Ujiri, 42, has a strong bond with Nuggets CEO Josh Kroenke, but new MLSE top executive, Tim Leiweke, has expressed a desire to make a serious financial and organizational commitment to an elite executive to turn around the franchise.

Ujiri has developed into the most well-respected and sought-after executive in sports. Ujiri is the first African-born GM in North American sports, and his ascension to stardom from modest beginnings has become something of league folklore.

After three years under Colangelo in the Raptors organization – including the final two as assistant GM – Denver hired Ujiri in 2010 as GM. His handling of the Carmelo Anthony trade with the New York Knicks became the textbook example of how to get maximum value for a star player. Through the Anthony trade, deals for Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee and his draft acumen, Ujiri replenished the Nuggets' core into a Western Conference championship contender.

The Philadelphia 76ers pursued Ujiri for their GM job a year ago, but he declined their interest. Nevertheless, Ujiri's history in Toronto and the commitment of the MLSE company to resurrecting the Raptors could make this a harder decision for Ujiri, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Ujiri is one of the NBA's lower paid GMs.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--raptors-targeting-nuggets-gm-masai-ujiri-to-run-organization-144448852.html

In my brief encounters with Masai Ujiri, have come away incredibly impressed. Think he is a great guy and has done an overall great job overcoming a difficult situation in Denver (ie. thrown right into the Melo-drama). He knows Toronto, got a big opportunity here and I think even with his winning Executive of the Year, his future with Denver seems up in the air unexplicably.

Now, he has worked with Colangelo, which may be a down side for a lot of Raptors fans who want Brian Colangelo out. My guess is, Masai may come in and take it all over eventually and either way, just think it would be a great move for the franchise. Masai is a hard worker, very personable and seems to have a draw with team personnel and players alike. As a Torotonian, I know the Raptors want a change. Masai having a larger role and coming back to this city would be a big step in the right direction in my opinion, all for MLSE hopefully giving him the reins and seeing what happens.


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Don't know why the Nuggets

Don't know why the Nuggets would let him go. He has done a pretty solid job imo. His team was banged up entering the postseason and there isn't anything anyone can do about that. If not for the injuries the Nuggets could have really made some noise in the playoffs.

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Does San Antonio have anyone

Does San Antonio have anyone available? Rob Hennigan was pretty good even though I was skeptical about him when he made the Dwight Howard deal.

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For those of you negging me,

For those of you negging me, it was a joke, since Popp would never leave SA to go to a &$#%#&@! Raptors team, just like Ujiri, who just won Executive of the Year, would never go to the Raptors with a safe, stable, and competitive Nuggets.

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About that.....

They LOOKED competitive, yet they lost in the first round. They had a good season, Masai has done a good job, though it is one thing to LOOK competitive and another thing to BE competitive. They have some nice young pieces, but no star to build around. Those teams are a lot less reliable than a team with an actual star. Not saying that Toronto is that team, just that it is something to think about when it comes to job security.

Masai is currently in contract negotiations with Denver, which have yet to really move forward. The Kroenke family owns the Nuggets and I do not know if it is the sweetest gig. Especially when you hear the Masai Ujiri was one of the lowest paid GM's in the league. MLSE has given Colangelo control for a long time and they finally seem to be willing to look to someone else to run the show. If Masai has that kind of control, plus I am guessing a lot more money, in a city/organization he is familiar with, than that can be seen as a possibility.

Winning "Executive of the Year" is the same as winning "Coach of the Year". Continued success is the key, that success depends on winning when it matters. Yes, Masai has done the best with a bad situation as far as the Carmelo saga and staying competitive (in the regular season). If you do not get out of the first round, than job security is not necessarily assured. You look at how many chances Colangelo got in Toronto, do you not think Masai would get just as many if not more? Plus with a new regime that might do things necessary to win. With Phil Jackson, your joke may have gotten positive response. For this, I think there is slightly more to it and it is not as farfetched as the scenario you presented.

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That's what happens when you

That's what happens when you try to be funny with a lame joke.

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He should have been Toronto's

He should have been Toronto's GM a long time ago.

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Masai Ujiri said I could be

Masai Ujiri said I could be in the nba if I worked on my game a little more. He did so at NBA sprite slam camp in Nairobi kenya, because he is kenyan. He sees the upside in everyone and is a great guy. He is superb for any franchise. Giving players confidence etc.

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And what part of Kenya is he

And what part of Kenya is he from ? or is it because his first name is Masai ?

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Possible solution found

I found this new website called google (link is below), if you type his name in it comes up with all sorts of interesting information about him. Try the entry under another website called wikipedia, they are said to have some sort of basic knowledge about some topics of interest.

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