On May 6, I shared a column that suggested that the Washington Wizards should approach their General Manager search like a midmarket team. That said, Washington is a big market city, and the Wizards shouldn’t hesitate to swing for the fences if the right candidate comes along.
According to Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com, Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri is “frustrated” about his current role. Since their 2019 NBA championship, the Raptors have stagnated. Nick Nurse is no longer the head coach, and it’s unclear whether Fred VanVleet will stay in Ontario after this season. Another NBA GM then said that “I’ve been hearing that Washington is coming after Masai again.”
To be clear, Monumental Sports & Entertainment denied that Ujiri was a candidate for the GM vacancy in 2019. This was a statement Ted Leonsis made at the height of those rumors four years ago.
We have not commented on the many rumors surrounding potential candidates during this process, but I wanted to make an exception in this case out of respect to the Raptors organization as they celebrate their well-deserved championship. Any reports that we have interest in Masai Ujiri as a candidate are simply not true, and we have never planned in any way to ask for permission to speak to him during our process.
Ujiri was on the wishlist of many Wizards fans in 2019 when the Raptors made their championship run. Ultimately, Ujiri decided to stay in Toronto. It will be interesting to see if the Wizards approach him.
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