Rumor: Contrary to previous report, Raptors didn’t actually offer Masai Ujiri an extension
A report from Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck over the weekend said Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri turned down a lucrative extension from Toronto last summer and would be intrigued by the challenge of fixing the New York Knicks.
While the Knicks part of that report may be true, Michael Grange of Sportsnet is refuting that the Raptors even offered Ujiri an extension:
The Raptors’ ownership, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, could have avoided some of this noise by simply giving Ujiri an extension and a blank cheque this past summer but – contrary to a report that Ujiri turned down an extension – there has never been one been offered, according to sources.
Ujiri’s contract with the Raptors is believed to run through 2021. 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.
However, Ujiri 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 owner James Dolan is there, no matter who is the president or coach.
The Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale and may part ways with president Steve Mills as well. New York has heavy interest in Ujiri. The Knicks would probably have to make him a gigantic offer to persuade him to leave the Raptors.