Feb 22, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; A general view of the court floor during the Toronto Raptors game against the New York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors Target Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri

Toronto Raptors will soon be making a decision on whether or not they will re-sign the team’s current general manager Bryan Colangelo. As the ownership still debate Colangelo’s contract extension, the Raptors have also set their crosshairs on Masai Ujiri, GM of the Denver Nuggets.

It has been rumored that Colangelo will not get a contract extension, or that he might even decide to leave himself. Either way, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reports that a decision on Colangelo’s future will be made by Monday.

Meanwhile, the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri, is high on Toronto’s wish list. After working as an international scout for the Nuggets, Ujiri actually joined the Raptors organization and was a director of global scouting, before being promoted to assistant GM. Eventually, he returned to Denver and became the team’s general manager.

Ujiri’s contract with Denver expires this season and you can bet that the team will push hard to get their GM to sign an extension. Ujiri is probably most known for the way he handled the Carmelo Anthony situation. Anthony wanted out of town, and the Nuggets were forced to find some kind of a deal for their superstar player. In a multi-team deal, the Nuggets gave up Anthony and Chauncey Billups, while landing Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and draft picks.

Ujiri has done an admirable job building a competitive team that lacks a superstar, making few mistakes along the way.


Vytis covers the NBA for FanSided. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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