Raptors in serious negotiations with Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, according to report

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Denver's highly respected GM appears ready to take on a new challenge in Toronto.

The Toronto Raptors are working to close a deal with Masai Ujiri to become the team's next general manager, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ujiri earned NBA Executive of the Year honors this past season for his front office work as GM of the Denver Nuggets. But according to Wojnarowski, Denver is not interested in a bidding war to keep their general manager when his contract ends on June 30:

Ujiri will take the next couple days to fully consider the move, but significant momentum has gathered that likely will lead to Ujiri's departure from the franchise that he completely remade into a Western Conference contender, sources told Y! Sports.

Ujiri's Denver contract expires on June 30, and it appears Nuggets ownership has no intention of making an aggressive counter to the Raptors' dogged pursuit of the NBA's Executive of the Year.

Player personnel decisions are the life blood of any NBA franchise and strong front office decision-making is even more important under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new CBA pushes teams toward adhering to the salary cap, with larger penalties for going over. Mistakes in managing the cap and player production per dollar will be magnified going forward.

The Raptors are already bumping up against the projected salary cap tax line for next season, so they will need strong leadership in the front office to find the right deals and players at the right price to improve their results on the court. Should he depart from Denver, Ujiri will leave behind a similar situation with the Nuggets, who had a strong regular season but will be looking to improve after losing in the first round of the playoffs.

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