To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Toronto Raptors have their man. Masai Ujiri has agreed to leave the Denver Nuggets and return to TDot, this time as General Manager. In Tim Leiweke’s new management structure, Masai has full responsibility for basketball operations, while Bryan Colangelo, the President of the team, has none.
For the sake of the Raps and its fans, this decision is a huge relief. There was no Plan B, should Ujiri have turned down the gigantic offer. Now the 2013-2014 season officially begins, as the Raps’ front office can shake itself free of the state of suspended animation it has been it since Colangelo’s “failure upstairs” was announced.
There is a ton of work for Ujiri to tackle. Fortunately he’s familiar with many players on our roster, having been involved in their drafting or trading during his previous tenure at the Air Canada Centre. Ujiri came on board as Director of International Scouting, then was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2008 before returning to Denver two years later as the Nuggets’ EVP of Basketball Operations.
There’s little doubt in my mind this is a terrific hire. We at the Rapture are going to start a series in which we consider the Raps’ most pressing issues, and how our new GM might tackle them.
Welcome (back) to Toronto, Masai Ujiri. Please lead us to the Promised Land, or at least the playoffs.
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