Masai Ujiri Rumors
Instead Ujiri had networked his way up through the NBA to earn management control of the roster in Denver. It was an amazing story. Rival team executives were hoping to fleece the rookie GM from Nigeria. Some of them expressed condescending pity for him, telling reporters how sorry they were to see Ujiri’s new career being sabotaged by one of the NBA’s best young players. Ujiri expressed nothing but gratitude for their sympathy. He had a young face, an easy smile and a native rhythmical accent that extended his vowels, and if his peers were patronizing then he would take no offense. He did not mind being underestimated.
During his job interview to become GM of the Nuggets, Ujiri had told Josh Kroenke that the trade for Anthony needed to be turned into a bidding war between the Nets and the Knicks, because they were rivals within the New York market who each needed Anthony and couldn’t bear to see the other team claim him. Ujiri also warned Anthony that if he wanted to play for the Knicks, then he would need to make things right with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, who had attended Anthony’s wedding in New York that summer.