HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors

July 30, 2013 Updates
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The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed free-agent point guard D.J. Augustin (aug-us-TEEN). Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Adding a young, experienced point guard to our roster was one of our objectives going into this off-season,” said Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri. “D.J. will provide experience and give us depth in the backcourt.” Raptors.com

July 19, 2013 Updates
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The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed free-agent forward-centre Tyler Hansbrough to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. “Tyler brings physicality and a winning attitude to our club,” said Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri. “We are extremely excited to bring him to Toronto.” Raptors.com

July 10, 2013 Updates
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The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have named Dan Tolzman as the club’s director of scouting and Teresa Resch as director of basketball operations. “I am excited to welcome Dan and Teresa to our staff,” said Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri. “Both possess previous experience that will prove valuable to their positions and our organization.” Raptors.com

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But that shadow is getting bigger. Before getting hired in Denver, Tim Connelly watched as some of his closest friends in the business made the jump to general manager. Ryan McDonough, whose father Will was a legendary Boston sports columnist and whose brother Sean is a well-known sports announcer, worked for the Boston Celtics and was hired at 31 to run the Phoenix Suns, where he immediately hired Pat. Masai Ujiri moved to Toronto and opened the door for Tim Connelly to be hired by the Nuggets. "Those guys are some of my best friends. Definitely the last couple of years I've been unbelievably proud to see them make the jump. Certainly I would be excited about the challenge [of being a GM himself]," Tim Connelly said earlier this month. "But I think I am in my dream job right now [in New Orleans]. I have far exceeded what I thought would be a realistic expectation in this profession. It's been a very lucky run I've been on." Baltimore Sun

June 20, 2013 Updates

The Nuggets’ media guide will need an extensive makeover for next season as the mass exodus continues out of their front office. Nuggets director of player personnel, Mike Bratz, and scouting director, Dan Tolzman, are both leaving the organization. Tolzman will join former Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations, Masai Ujiri, in Toronto. Denver Post

June 19, 2013 Updates

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced Wednesday that Head Coach Dwane Casey will return for the 2013-14 season. “I’m excited about moving forward and growing this team with Coach Casey,” said Ujiri. Raptors.com

June 16, 2013 Updates

In another blow to a quickly emptying front office, the Nuggets lost their in-house general manger candidate to the Sacramento Kings. Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said the team's vice president of basketball operations, Pete D'Alessandro, is leaving Denver to be the general manager of the Sacramento Kings. D'Alessandro was the right-hand man for Masai Ujiri when Ujiri was the executive in charge of the Nuggets' basketball operations. The Kings identified D'Alessandro as a leading candidate early in their search for a general manager and landed him Saturday. D'Alessandro's departure means the Nuggets probably will have to hire a general manager from outside the team. Denver Post

June 12, 2013 Updates

Masai Ujiri got a bonus new job out of his most recent move. The Raptors general manager also became a member of the NBA’s competition committee when he took on his role in Toronto and is to attend his first meeting of the powerful policy setting group here Wednesday. Ujiri replaces Bryan Colangelo on the 10-member board that comprises general managers, coaches, players and owners. There are two pressing issues the committee will have to deal with: stricter rules and fines against flopping and revisions to the in-game replay policy. Toronto Star

June 10, 2013 Updates
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Ujiri, who seemed to have a cellphone surgically attached to his arm, received most of the credit — and the NBA executive of the year award — for the Nuggets' accomplishments since the Melo Drama. But, in truth, Masai was not the main man, but, rather, Josh's right-hand man. Kroenke ultimately was behind the maneuverings that began with his meeting in New Jersey with Anthony, who said he would not re-sign with the Nuggets and only wanted to go to New York. The self-effacing Kroenke hasn't gotten his deserved praise. Denver Post

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