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Wizards preparing big offer for Raptors’ Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri, Raptors, Wizards

The Washington Wizards are eyeing to sign Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri to run the team’s basketball operations.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal could reach to as much as $10 million annually. The offer will also include the possibility of taking on a bigger leadership role in the Monumental Sports and Entertainment company that oversees the Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals.

Ujiri, 38-years-old, is instrumental in building the Raptors’ championship team — from difficult coaching changes, mid-season trades, and the risky signing of Kawhi Leonard in the summer. Ujiri’s vision and decision-making paved the way for the franchise’s first championship.

Ujiri has two years left in his contract with the Raptors.

The Wizards, meanwhile, have interviewed two candidates for the job: Oklahoma City executive Troy Weaver and former Atlanta and Cleveland GM Danny Ferry. On May 20, Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly rejected the Wizards’ offer for the job.

Indeed, Ujiri will have a tough decision ahead of him. Will he say yes to the offer or will he stay with the Raptors and gun for another title? Time can only tell. But for the meantime, he has the right to celebrate and thank himself for a job well done.

Many have tried. But the Raptors succeeded in booting off the powerhouse Warriors.