The question to ask, with regards to Ujiri's payroll and any penalty tax the Raps may have to pay in the future, is that if Bell/rogers could field a Raptors team that can win 45-50 games a year and make it into the second round, on a regular basis, what impact would that have on advertising revenues, membership of NBA Canada, sale of franchise material, any online sports subscriptions, and/or magazine subscriptions that the two media giants own?
If they spend an extra $8 million on Ujiri and penalty tax, and make an extra $9 million, because they control that content, then it is a no brainer for them. and that's why you want them as owners instead of the Teachers Pension Fund. they have more opportunity to profit downstream.
I don't understand what is so great about ujiri. Melo stated his desire to leave, so it was a no brainer to trade him, and all they got was a first round exit, with no guarantee that iguodala will resign. I can't see more success in the nuggets future at all.
Leiweike is trying to give the rest of the league the impression that Toronto has been the shit.
All of the league was talking about Ujiri before the weekend *nba tv and such*
The more attention brought towards the Raptors, the better.
That said, Ujiri does have a background as an international scout (not specific to Africa), and his draft record with Denver reflects that. For those who are universally skeptical of international players, I imagine there will be a lot of gripes about Ujiri's draft picks if he does end up here.
Are we absolutely sure Ujiri was the main proponent of the Alabi pick? The fact both are Nigerian and that they had a previous connection makes it an obvious assumption...but an assumption no less. Would be interested in a link on the subject with some reference mentioning Masai as the driver of the pick.....eg. like Casey was for the Ross pick.
From all the reports that i've read. It's on Ujiri's hands now if he wants the job.
After agreeing in principle to a multi-million dollar and multi-year deal with team president Josh Kroenke prior to this summer, Kroenke said Friday night that as he and Ujiri were working through the final details of the arrangement, the Toronto GM position opened up and Toronto asked permission to interview Ujiri.
“I have understood all along the relationships that Masai has in Toronto, and I respect those immensely,” Kroenke said in a phone interview. “So when Toronto inquired about him recently, I knew that it was going to be a tough situation for everyone strictly because of the relationships involved.”
But Kroenke felt obliged to let him do the interview because of their friendship and Ujiri’s relationships in Toronto. Now Ujiri is mulling over an offer with the Raptors. Yahoo Sports reported it could be as high as $3 million, a high payment for a team executive.
“In my mind,” Kroenke said, “we had an agreement but it doesn’t matter because I would never hold someone back from an opportunity they might be curious about. Especially someone I hold in such high regard as Masai.
“If it was any other team, I wouldn’t even have thought about granting permission to speak to him. But it’s his former team and its not entirely a black-and-white situation. He’ll make the decision he thinks is best for himself, and I’ll support him no matter what.”
It's going to come down to where he wants to see things through, essentially. Try and get Toronto on track and turn them into a perennial contender or finish what he recently started in Denver. Regardless of how much Toronto (over)pays I honestly don't think it'll matter much. While I'm very hopeful we do get him here, I don't think we're the unanimous favorite a lot of people think we are.
It'll come down to how persuasive Leiweke was imo. Ujiri knows the Nuggets current constraints if there are any (probably budget and his salary) and will compare to the Raps situation. We are not in a good position roster wise (TL is absolutely correct there) so....
"After agreeing in principle to a multi-million dollar and multi-year..."
That could be three years, three million. If Toronto is offering three years, nine million, I think it will come down to the money. The difference, even after taxes, is enough to set your family up for a couple of generations at least.
I think the amount we pay him is irrelevant. You could pay Masai 100 million a year and I wouldn't care because it doesn't go towards our cap.
The first round exit was due to injuries in my eyes. Gallinari is arguably their best player and he was out. If Gallinari plays I think they beat Golden State.
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