Im going to drink for Masai tonight.
Im going to drink for Masai tonight.
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Seems pretty clear the hold up was all about Masai cluing up loose ends before moving on.Kroenke said he wasn’t going to stand in the way of Masai Ujiri leaving for his dream job as GM of the Toronto Raptors last week and he couldn’t stomach watching George Karl serve as a lame duck next season, so he fired him Thursday.
Ujiri and Kroenke had a handshake agreement on a new deal earlier this year, but Kroenke said the one team he would allow to step in and break up their partnership was the Raptors, the team that had given Ujiri his first shot at a front office job.
He said Ujiri told him not to try to match the reported five-year, $15 million offer from Toronto because he’d already made up his mind he wanted to return to Toronto.
It is nice to know it is not ALL about the money and this is where he truly wants to be.
I heard someplace else (apologies cannot recall) that an important consideration for MU was his basketball foundation in Africa and that the Raptors would privately help fund it. Probably also important is that Josh Kroenke is a hands on Pres. of the Denver operation/KSE. I believe MU has much more autonomy here.
Kinda random, but here's Lawson sporting a Raptor cap. Probably just being funny with the whole Ujiri situation. Or maybe he actually likes the logo, or the team. Or is going to become a Raptor today (joking)
Interesting stuff.They agreed that night to a multiyear deal for $1.2 million a season, sources said. But it was a handshake deal intended to be signed later, as Ujiri still had a year left on his contract.
As anyone who has negotiated with the Kroenke family knows, they take contractual obligations seriously. Finish one contract, then work on the next. Even former Avalanche GM Pierre Lacroix had to wait on an extension, this after his team won the Stanley Cup. Throughout the 2012-13 season, Kroenke steadfastly believed he had a deal with Ujiri. But, Ujiri got antsy as the season wore on and there was no pen-to-paper agreement.
Meanwhile, Toronto loomed on the horizon. Kroenke would say in hindsight he was always wary of the Raptors, the team Ujiri worked for prior to Denver.
During a trip to Toronto in a previous season, Kroenke saw first-hand how much Ujiri enjoyed the eclectic and electric big city. And Ujiri remained close with numerous team executives there with whom he had worked.
And so, when Toronto called to interview Ujiri in May, Kroenke was stuck. He believed his handshake agreement with Ujiri was still sturdy, but soon Kroenke realized he might lose the executive of the year.
Many point to the five-year, $15 million contract Ujiri got as the main reason he left. But Kroenke revealed Friday at a news conference that Ujiri told him not to try to match it.
Why? Kroenke believes that even if he matched Toronto's offer, Ujiri still would have left to go "home," a word Masai used in his introductory news conference with the Raptors, a word that "made it clear" to Kroenke that Ujiri preferred Toronto to Denver. (Ujiri, in Italy for draft scouting, did not respond to messages when asked about this).
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Not sure how legit this is, but it's out there and indicates that Masai and Casey are in lock-step. Also sounds like they want to add 4 players (vets?) to the roster. http://raptorfan.ca/2013/06/11/break...h-coach-casey/
Throwing in here because I think it adds to the convo. Thoughts?
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