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Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (48) / 1/1/1970

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The Knicks have abandoned their pursuit to hire Masai Ujiri, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and the Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur.
Well, that was fun while it lasted, right? It was always going to be incredibly difficult for New York to pull off a coup of this magnitude, and now we know the Knicks simply aren't in a position to do so. As an aside, New York GM Steve Mills desires a promotion to President of Basketball Operations, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. At least it's never boring in Knicksland. Fri, Jun 30, 2017 08:57:00 PM

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It would be "difficult" for the Knicks to hire Masai Ujiri, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Less than 24 hours after a report that the Knicks were reportedly "confident" about hiring Ujiri, Shelburne pumps the brakes on that idea. Realistically, the Knicks can't afford to give dilute their asset base any further, and that makes hiring Ujiri basically a pipe dream. Shelburne also mentions OKC's Sam Presti and ex-Cavs GM David Griffin as additional names of interest on New York's radar.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 12:47:00 PM

The Knicks are reportedly "confident" that Raptors president Masai Ujiri will leave his current job to fill the void left by Phil Jackson's exit.

Ujiri signed a five-year deal with Toronto last season, and on Wednesday he tapped Bobby Webster as the team's new GM, so it would take a compelling offer to pry him away. After his promotion on Wednesday, Webster said, "[N]ot only the front office, the coaches, the travel staff, you know, we believe in Masai and Masai believes in us. So we’ll keep it going."
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 10:57:00 PM

A provision in the Toronto-Orlando deal for president Jeff Weltman restricts the two teams from trading players with each other until end of the 2017-18 season.

These two teams struck a deal in February for Serge Ibaka, but they won't be this year because of Weltman's ties to the Raptors. A lot of new basketball operations execs make deals with their former teams, so they could come to terms on a trade next summer.
Thu, May 25, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Masai Ujiri stated during his end of season presser that he wants a "culture reset" in Toronto.

"We are going to hold everybody accountable because we need to," Ujiri said. "We need, after that performance [the Eastern Conference semifinal series sweep to Cleveland], we need a culture reset here. We need to figure it out. Yes, there’s been some success, but at the end of the day, we are trying to win a championship here." Reading between the lines, this could hint that head coach Dwane Casey is in the hot seat for his unimaginative, iso-heavy, non-3-point shooting offense.
Source: Toronto Sun
Wed, May 10, 2017 12:15:00 PM

The Raptors are reportedly in the market for some help on the wings.

No specific names were mentioned, but the Raptors are a little thin on the wings behind DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell after they shipped Terrence Ross to Orlando. The Raptors have been using more two-PG lineups recently with Delon Wright entering the rotation, so this could be more about adding some insurance behind the oft-injured Carroll. There are a lot of small forwards said to be available including Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and P.J. Tucker, but we'll be following this story closely with the deadline looming.
Mon, Feb 20, 2017 10:46:00 AM

The Raptors finalized a multiple-year extension with team president Masai Ujiri.

It's not surprising at all for one of the NBA's best GMs. Since the Raptors were able to bring him over from Denver, Ujiri has been known for pulling off terrific trade offers -- they cashed in in Jakob Poeltl at No. 9 in the draft thanks to the Andrea Bargnani deal with the Knicks. His Raptors are in much better shape and should be in the playoff mix for the foreseeable future.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 03:31:00 PM

The Raptors are currently in "advanced negotiations" on a contract extension with GM Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri has played a pivotal role in restoring the Toronto franchise, which was highlighted by the Raptors making their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance ever this past season. Needless to say, the extension is warranted and the Raptors are smart to extend Ujiri's tenure in Toronto.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Masai Ujiri said that he's open to all options regarding the No. 9 overall pick in the upcoming draft, although he's skeptical he can find an immediate impact player with that selection.

If Toronto doesn't trade the pick away, it sounds like they'll be going the draft-and-stash route, or they make take a "project" prospect, but either way it doesn't sound like the guy they get at the nine-spot will be a rotation player. The Raptors don't have great depth at the power forward position, and they might lose Bismack Biyombo as a free agent, so perhaps they take a big on draft day.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Thaddeus Young, Ryan Anderson, Kenneth Faried, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker have all been pursued this month by the Raptors, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Raptors look like they are going to go after a title this year and their biggest weakness is power forward. General manager Masai Ujiri guaranteed a title at some point and this is one of his best chances. If the Raptors succeed, that would mean less playing time for Pat Patterson and Luis Scola.
Mon, Feb 15, 2016 04:19:00 PM

According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, the Raptors are looking for a two-way player with a lot of upside with the 20th pick in the draft.

Wolstat added that the player doesn't necessarily have to be ready to contribute right away, as the Raptors are counting on trades and free agency for immediate upgrades. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made some serious noise when he drafted Bruno Caboclo with the 20th pick in the 2014 draft, and it looks like he is willing to take another gamble this year.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Masai Ujiri has been hit with a $35,000 fine "using obscene language in a public setting," and the Raptors organization has been issued an additional $25,000 fine.

In responding to Paul Pierce's "it" comment, Ujiri said he "didn't give a s--- about it," while addressing fans outside the arena before Saturday's game against the Wizards. In total, Ujiri and the Raptors organization has been fined $85,000 over the past two years for the GM's profanity, so perhaps he'll think twice before expressing his next expletive... probably not though.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 07:24:00 PM

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

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

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All Positions
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Delon Wright
3Fred VanVleet
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2C.J. Miles
3Malachi Richardson
SF1OG Anunoby
2Norman Powell
3Malcolm Miller
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Pascal Siakam
3Alfonzo McKinnie
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Jakob Poeltl
3Lucas Nogueira