Masai Ujiri, the architect of the franchise’s 2019 NBA championship group, has agreed to a major new deal to develop into vice chairman and president of the Toronto Raptors, sources advised ESPN on Thursday.
His earlier title was president.
After arriving in Toronto in 2013 as common supervisor, Ujiri has established himself as one of the vital distinguished, profitable and sought-after executives in skilled sports activities. Within the closing yr and months of his expiring contract, Ujiri turned again overtures from a number of professional sports activities organizations past the NBA, sources stated.
Ujiri will proceed as each the Raptors’ high basketball/enterprise government and a world philanthropist by his Giants of Africa initiative, sources stated.
In a Twitter video launched by the Raptors on Thursday that didn’t reference the settlement, Ujiri spoke of his and the franchise’s targets.
“On the court docket, our objective is evident: Win. Its easy: Win. Convey one other championship to Toronto,” Ujiri said in the video. “We’re united in that mission and nothing else will do. We are going to convey younger expertise to this metropolis and proceed to construct with our unbelievable gamers. I’ve stated it earlier than, and I’m saying it once more: We are going to win in Toronto. I am grateful for the chance to steer this group. I like being the chief of the Toronto Raptors and I am right here to remain.”
Ujiri arrived in Toronto in 2013 after successful NBA Govt of the Yr honors as Denver’s common supervisor and shortly reworked the Raptors into an NBA contender and international franchise.
His commerce for Kawhi Leonard in the summertime of 2018 catapulted Toronto the 2019 NBA championship