Masai Ujiri, the president of basketball operations of the Toronto Raptors, is entering the last season of his contract with the franchise.
According to Sportnet.ca, Ujiri is not in hurry to sign a new deal with the Raptors. The two sides haven’t talked in depth about his contract since February, as Michael Grange wrote.
Ujiri will likely become the highest-paid executive in the league for the time being and into the foreseeable future, as he led the Raptors to ten consecutive postseasons.
The franchise averaged more than 50 win in every one of them. At the same time, he helped the Canadians win the first NBA title in franchise history.
“Masai has gotten to the point where he’s maxed the market as it relates to someone in his position,” said one well-positioned league insider. “As far as a front-office person is concerned, he’s going to make the most money that a front-office person has ever made, and he’s probably going to be able to hold that, where no one is going to be able to usurp that number.”
The Raptors will move temporarily to Tampa due to the travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the 2020/21 campaign ends, Ujiri could potentially be on his way to lead another NBA team.