Masai Ujiri accepts Raptors GM job, according to report

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri is leaving the Denver Nuggets to become the new GM of the Toronto Raptors.

After weeks of negotiating with both teams, Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri will take on the same position with the Toronto Raptors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Ujiri, who won the NBA's Executive of the Year honors this season, will return to his roots in Toronto, where he was an assistant GM from 2008-2010. He will reportedly receive a five-year, $15 million deal in Toronto.

By all accounts, Ujiri did a tremendous job in his three years with Denver, keeping the Nuggets among the top teams in the Western Conference despite the traumatic departure of Carmelo Anthony in 2011.

However, despite his accomplishments, Ujiri was one of the lowest-paid GMs in the NBA this past season. While the Nuggets made an effort to retain him, it does not appear that they were willing to match Toronto's lucrative offer.

Ujiri will be walking into a difficult situation in Toronto, as Bryan Colangelo assembled a below-.500 team without much flexibility to maneuver under the salary cap going forward. He will not have a first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft after it was traded to the Houston Rockets in a package for point guard Kyle Lowry last summer.

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