The Toronto Raptors, who are currently void of a general manager after moving Bryan Colangelo to a business orientated role in the franchise, have made no secret that they desire Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri. The Nuggets GM of course worked for the Raptors as the assistant general manager prior to taking the Denver job and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment would love nothing more than to bring him back.
The Nuggets may have something to say about that though and are willing to speak with dollars.
Per ESPN’s Marc Stein:
The Nuggets, I’m told, nonetheless remain positive that they’ll be able to hang on to Ujiri — just named the NBA’s Executive of the Year for the 2012-13 season — while know that they’ll obviously have to raise his reported salary of $500,000 to keep him from wanting to leave.
The Raptors, who are believed to be open to offering Ujiri upwards of $2 million dollars to come to Toronto have yet to secure permission to speak to Masai and it’s doubtful that the Nuggets will allow it, despite Toronto’s public interest.
It’s also expected, as Stein reported, that Denver will sweeten the pot for Ujiri by giving up a $500,000 dollar raise, hoping to prevent a desire to jump ship.