While I was reluctant to offer any analysis of the story currently circulating about the latest development (or baseless rumor) in the Toronto Raptors’ never-ending search for a new President, I’ve concluded I can’t avoid it, so here goes. Supposedly Masai Ujiri is being romanced to replace Bryan Colangelo, although I suspect this is a slow-news-day fantasy.
Korn/Ferry International, a large executive search firm, has been retained by the Raps to recommend a replacement for BC. It escapes me why MLSE needs to pony up a million bucks or thereabouts to be told that Masai Ujiri would be a fine choice, but MLSE has more money than God. Ujiri was just named the 2013 Executive of the Year by the NBA; he hasn’t exactly been hiding his light under a basket. And why in the world would Denver allow its GM to leave? If you were Nuggets’ owner Stan Kroenke, wouldn’t you lock up a guy like that, who’s coming off a 57-win season? If you’re Ujiri, why would you leave a potential championship contender like Denver for a lottery team like the Raps? Sure, Ujiri spent 3 years in Toronto and no doubt likes the Big Smoke, but the whole scenario doesn’t make sense. If the story weren’t coming from a reputable source in Adrian Wojnarowski, I wouldn’t even have repeated it.
However, it’s one more log on the fire that says Bryan Colangelo will be replaced as soon as Victoria Day. Other logs: the simple fact he hasn’t been extended already and the tepid support he’s received from Tim Leiweke.
This state of twisting in the wind can’t last much longer. I expect an announcement within 3 days.
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