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Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (45) / 1/1/1970

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The Raptors will be looking for a defensive-minded small forward and a shot-blocker in this year's draft, according to GM Masai Ujiri.
"We need a big wing, a [small forward]," Ujiri said. "Those two positions look like something we need. We’ll try to get the best player that we can. If it so happens that it’s a wing player or a shot-blocker, then fine." The Raptors own the No. 20, 37, and 59 pick in this year's draft. Mon, Jun 23, 2014 05:44:00 PM

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said his team's primary needs in the draft are adding a sizable wing player and a rim-protecting big man.

Despite his preferences, Ujiri also vowed to take the most talented players available with the Raptors' three picks, Nos. 20, 37 and 59. The Raptors fielded the fourth-youngest team in the playoffs in 2014, behind only the Thunder, Trail Blazers and Rockets.
Wed, May 7, 2014 01:03:00 PM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has been fined $25,000 for making a profane comment prior to Game 1 in Toronto.

Ujiri was addressing fans outside the arena, and in a misguided attempt to fire them up he used the now-infamous phrase "F*** Brooklyn," for which he has since apologized. The league initially wasn't going to fine him but they've since changed their mind, and the punishment seems appropriate given Ujiri's blatant breach of professional standards.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:02:00 PM

Toronto will host the 2016 NBA All-star game, the Toronto Sun reports.

This is a big win for a city that has been without an All-Star since the departure of Chris Bosh. However, things are now looking up for the Canadian organization, as they were able to pry away Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri from Denver. Cleveland was also considered as a contender to host the event.
Source: Toronto Sun
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 06:02:00 PM

Bryan Colangelo stepped down as team president but will remain as a consultant on the business side of operations.

Colangelo said he viewed this as the best course for both parties after taking some time to "reflect on things." Colangelo was in jeopardy of losing his job earlier in the offseason but the MLSE decided to keep him on board. However, once Colangelo and the Raptors eventually lured Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri away from Denver to run the team's basketball operations, it seemed repetitive to have Colangelo remain in his current role. Ujiri and newly hired VP of Basketball Management and Strategy Bobby Webster will likely take over whatever basketball responsibilities Colangelo was handling before Wednesday's announcement.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 06:14:00 PM

Raptors hire Bobby Webster as VP of Basketball Management and Strategy.

Webster will assist Masai Ujiri, who said he was "delighted" to have Webster aboard. "His skill set will be valuable in a number of areas, and his experience and knowledge of the CBA and its complexities from a League level will be a great asset to the organization."
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 12:43:00 PM

Even if the Nuggets matched the offer on GM Masai Ujiri, he still would have left Denver for Toronto, according to Nuggets president Josh Kroenke.

Kroenke added that the relationships in Toronto were a big factor for Ujiri to head north of the border. Ujiri did a solid job with the Nuggets, including getting a nice return on the Carmelo Anthony deal, but he has a tall order in attempting to turn the Raptors around.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 01:16:00 PM

The Raptors are aggressively pursuing Bucks assistant GM Jeff Weltman for a position in their new-look front office, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Weltman originally helped lure new Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to Denver and it appears Ujiri is attempting to return the favor. Ujiri took on one hell of a rebuilding process in Toronto and will need all the help he can get to turn around a franchise that's been cellar dwellers for most of its existence.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Masai Ujiri was officially introduced as the Raptors general manager on Tuesday.

Ujiri said he "came home" at his press conference, and he seemed genuinely excited about the opportunity ahead. He'll have plenty of work to do, starting with the evaluation of Andrea Bargnani and how to ship him out of town.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:18:00 AM

Masai Ujiri will be introduced as new Raptors GM on Tuesday.

Ujiri has already been doing plenty of work during his brief time on the job to this point, but the Raptors will officially announce his arrival in a press conference on Tuesday.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:20:00 PM

Raptors scout Maury Hanks has been let go by new general manager Masai Ujiri, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ujiri is going to try and start fresh in Toronto, but who can blame him with the Raptors struggling? Even though Hanks has been held in high regard in the NBA, Ujiri is going to hire his own personnel to try and get the franchise on its feet.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Raptors hired Masai Ujiri as their new general manager.

Ujiri lands a five-year, $15 million deal to try to fix the mess in Toronto. It's reportedly far more than the Nuggets were offering to retain the 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year. While in Denver, Ujiri got an impressive haul for Carmelo Anthony, found a diamond in the rough in Kenneth Faried and dumped Nene at the right time. He'll have to work similar magic with a Toronto roster that hasn't made the playoffs since 2007-08. Ujiri does know the Toronto landscape well as he was Bryan Colangelo's assistant GM before taking the Denver job.
Fri, May 31, 2013 05:34:00 PM

The Raptors have offered Denver GM Masai Ujiri a five-year deal worth $15 million, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

We had heard previous reports the team was willing to pay $3 million annually, so this lines up with that. Unless Denver comes with a strong counteroffer, it's looking very possible that Ujiri will leave the Nuggets to rebuild the Raptors. Ujiri is expected to make his decision "sometimes this week,' and according to Broussard, it is a "virtual certainty" Denver can't match Toronto's bid.
Source: ESPN
Thu, May 30, 2013 08:43:00 AM

Masai Ujiri will not rush to make his decision as to whether he'll leave the Nuggets to join the Raptors.

Ujiri has both offers on the table and now has to make a decision. Toronto is willing to spend lavishly to bring him back into the fold, while Ujiri is known to have a close relationship with those he works for and with in Denver. The reigning Executive of the Year is in high demand, but it doesn't appear he's close to making a decision just yet. For what it's worth, the new Raptors GM is expected to decide the fate of current coach Dwane Casey.
Source: Toronto Sun
Tue, May 28, 2013 09:14:00 AM

The Raptors could learn whether or not Masai Ujiri will become the team's next GM on Monday, according to the Toronto Star.

Ujiri has emerged as the team's top target, and after the two sides met last week to discuss the job, it's unclear what the resolution will be. If Ujiri decides to stay in Denver, and that's still a very plausible scenario, it's unknown how the Raptors would move forward with a secondary plan.'s Michael Grange reports that Ujiri is weighing the two offers and the Nuggets have made a "determined offer" to keep him.
Mon, May 27, 2013 08:47:00 AM

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