From Wikipedia – Masai Ujiri is a Nigerian professional basketball executive and former player who is the president of basketball operations and former general manager of the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball Association. After his playing career ended, he became a scout. Under his leadership, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title and the first by a non-US franchise in NBA history. Washington Wizards is going after him at $10 million per year deal. He is credited as being the brain behind building a formidable group to win the NBA title. Getting Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio Spurs to Toronto was one of his best deals.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a deal that could approach $10 million annually and deliver him the opportunity for ownership equity, league sources tell ESPN.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is expected to reach out to Toronto ownership soon to request formal permission to meet with Ujiri and offer a staggering financial package that would include running the Wizards’ basketball operations and, perhaps, taking on a larger leadership role in the Monumental Sports and Entertainment company that oversees the Wizards and NHL’s Capitals, league sources said.
Ujiri’s vision and team building helped deliver the Raptors their first NBA title on Thursday night, beating the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in six games.
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