The news just broke that Masai Ujiri, formerly the GM of the Denver Nuggets, has signed a five year, $15 millon, deal with the Toronto Raptors. It was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports.
Masai Ujiri has accepted Toronto GM job, sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 31, 2013
This is huge news all across the NBA. It leaves the Denver Nuggets scrambling for a GM after losing one who was one of the top–perhaps the best–in the league at his job. It gives the Toronto Raptors new hope with a young, budding roster and tons of trade pieces as well.
That latter point is most important to Celtics fans. The Raptors are in the Atlantic division with the Boston Celtics. With the Celtics going into what could be a rebuilding season and the Raptors improving, this could be a move that puts the Raptors over the Celtics in the near future.
If the Celtics do go into tank mode next season, which they likely won’t, then they could lose out on some assets that Ujiri may take.
Everyone is going to have to stay on their P’s and Q’s with Ujiri at the helm in Toronto. He’s a very, very aggressive GM and will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. His three biggest moves as the Nuggets GM were flipping Carmelo Anthony for high level players, trading an aging and declining Nene for JaVale McGee who still has tons of potential and helping to facilitate the Dwight Howard trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic while snagging Andre Iguodala in the process.
Ujiri is going to do tons of good for the Raptors roster. They may be a team that we have to look out for in the future.