Masai Ujiri Staying Put in Toronto, Contract Runs Through 2021 Season
Normally, when you excel at your job, the level of interest within your industry grows.
You become more sought after with each success.
That seems to be the case for Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri who has taken an NBA laughing stock and turned it into not only an NBA powerhouse, but an NBA champion. For nearly a decade, the Raptors have been a permanent fixture in the Eastern Conference playoff picture and with the blockbuster acquisition of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the Raptors finally broke through this past June and brought home the organizations first championship.
Ujiri is a legend around these parts.
A legend in Toronto, but a highly sought after executive south of the border.
Back in 2017, he was rumoured to be a potential replacement for Phil Jackson in New York and just this past offseason, he had the opportunity to leave Toronto for a chance to run the Washington Wizards. Both opportunities Ujiri turned down in favour of remaining in Canada. His contract with the Raptors runs through the 2020-2021 season.
“The most important thing is that when you sign a contract you’re obligated to serve it,” Ujiri said. “I signed the contract and I have time left on that contract and I will serve the time. This place has been unbelievable to me. It’s been just a blessing.”
At this point, Ujiri is concentrated solely on the Raptors.
“Are there challenges in my mind?” Ujiri continued. “Everybody has those. You want the challenges. And we play sports to win and I want to win.”
It may not be time yet, but in the very near future, Raptors ownership will more than likely sit down with Ujiri to discuss a potential extension.