Report: Masai Ujiri turned down extension from Raptors, would be intrigued by the challenge of fixing Knicks
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri turned down a lucrative extension from the Raptors last summer and would be intrigued by the challenge of fixing the New York Knicks, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
The Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale on Friday and are widely expected to move on from president Steve Mills as well.
Sources also say Ujiri would be intrigued by the challenge of fixing the Knicks, the chance to build something from scratch and, not insignificantly, by the opportunity to elevate his Giants of Africa philanthropy by working in the New York market.
Ujiri’s contract is believed to run through 2021 but with an out clause under certain circumstances. He turned down a lucrative extension last summer, sources said, leaving the impression that he wants to keep his options open.
The Knicks have been a walking disaster for years under owner James Dolan. Ujiri turned the Raptors organization around by acquiring Kawhi Leonard and delivering the franchise its first-ever title last season.
If Ujiri made the Knicks a winner again, the city of New York might build him a statue since the organization is currently the laughingstock of the NBA.
Ujiri, though, should be careful here. The grass isn’t always greener. He has a good thing going with the Raptors and it seems like the Knicks will always be putrid as long as Dolan is there, no matter who is the president or coach.