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Raptors moving Colangelo out of basketball operations

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The Toronto Raptors are moving executive Bryan Colangelo out of basketball operations and into a corporate position with the team.

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that the Raptors are making the move because they are interested in hiring Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri to take over their front office.

Colangelo has run the team's basketball operations for seven years but the team has only made the playoffs twice during that span and is coming off a 34-48 season.

Ujiri, the NBA's executive of the year, helped put together a Nuggets squad that won 57 games and got the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Raptors had interest in hiring Phil Jackson, but he reportedly rejected their offer.

Ujiri, former assistant general manager for the Raptors, took over as GM of the Nuggets in 2010. Ujiri and the Nuggets have discussed a contract extension. Ujiri is the lowest-paid GM in the NBA.
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