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Raptors closing in on hiring Masai Ujiri away from Nuggets to head up basketball operations

May 25, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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The momentum is building in the talks between current Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri and the Raptors, and the two sides are in negotiations to move forward with an agrement to bring the reigning Executive of the Year to Toronto.

After a meeting that took place in Colorado on Friday, things seem to be progressing at a rapid pace.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Ujiri will take the next couple days to fully consider the move, but significant momentum has gathered that likely will lead to Ujiri’s departure from the franchise that he completely remade into a Western Conference contender, sources told Y! Sports.

Denver ownership “seems to be moving on,” one league source familiar with the talks told Y! Sports.

Some organizations value front office personnel more than others, and while it’s clear that the job Ujiri did in Denver was well worth the recognition he received, ownership there obviously doesn’t feel the need to engage in a bidding war for the services of a general manager.

In Toronto, the vibe there is quite the opposite. After several years under Bryan Colangelo where the team has struggled to build a winning identity, the Raptors are ready to pay whatever it takes to obtain competent leadership in the front office.

Ujiri has previous ties to the organization, which, along with the job he’s done in Denver, makes him the most attractive candidate for their job.

  1. bifford - May 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Toronto let Colangelo run things too long.

  2. coryfor3 - May 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Yeah Denver. No need to overspend on the guy that runs your team and chooses the players and manages the cap and contracts. No biggie. Save where you can.

  3. 4thquartermagic - May 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    If these reports are accurate, the lack of respect for what Usai accomplished is embarrassing.

    To not at minimum match Torontos offer is rediculous. Denver needs to maintain the momentum Masai was integral in creating since he arrived.

  4. jbeagles23 - May 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I have no hate it Denver and an a huge Lawson fan. However I hope this franchise sinks now. Thy under pay this guy while he’s building a contender. Now let him walk. In some cases a GM is very important. Like he was in Denver

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