The Raptors just gave coach Nick Nurse a contract extension.
Is team president Masai Ujiri up next?
Marc Stein of The New York Times:
The strong rumble in the Bubble was that Toronto was closing in on new long-term deals for president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster as well as coach Nick Nurse …
Nurse's new deal was announced Tuesday … now we await extensions for Ujiri and Webster
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 17, 2020
Masai Ujiri says he hasn't discussed a contract extension with Raptors ownership. Ujiri has one year left on his deal. He says it isn't something he's going to discuss publicly. Said he's felt an obligation to get his leadership team done first, including Nick Nurse's extension.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) September 17, 2020
With the Raptors and previously Nuggets, Ujiri has proven himself as one of the NBA’s top executives. He masterfully built Toronto’s 2019 championship team.
Raptors ownership sounds committed to keeping him. Toronto spent to lure Ujiri from Denver, and that paid off. The Raptors are unlikely to balk at paying Ujiri whatever necessary now.
At this point, expect a deal. Ujiri refusing to publicly discuss the unfinalized situation doesn’t throw anyone off the scent.
Of course, even if he signs an extension with Toronto, it’s only a matter of time until Ujiri-to-Knicks rumors reemerge.