Masai Ujiri: Wizards Preparing Huge Bid For Toronto Raptors President of Basketball Operations
The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a deal that could approach $10 million annually and deliver him the opportunity for ownership equity, league sources tell ESPN.
Ujiri has orchestrated several marquee moves during his tenure with the Raptors, which saw them go from the lowest depths of the NBA to champions in his six seasons with the team.
Ujiri receives the bulk of the credit for the gutsy offseason trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in return for Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Washington stalled its search for a top basketball executive in the aftermath of Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly rejecting an offer on May 20.
Wizards owner Ted Leonisis is expected to reach out to Toronto ownership “soon” to request a formal meeting with Ujiri to “offer a staggering financial package that would include running the Wizards basketball operations and, perhaps, taking on a larger leadership role in the Monumental Sports and Entertainment company that oversees the Wizards and NHL’s Capitals.”
Ujiri, 48, is also in the difficult position of needing to navigate this Wizards courtship as his franchise prepares to make its closing case to free agent Kawhi Leonard about staying with the Raptors on a long-term deal.