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Report: Raptors close to hiring Ujiri

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The Toronto Raptors are closer to hiring Masai Ujiri to head their front office.

The Raptors have been in talks with the Denver Nuggets general manager and the two sides were in negotiations, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Ujiri was recently named the NBA's Executive of the Year after the Nuggets won 57 games and received the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Raptors earlier this week moved executive Bryan Colangelo out of basketball operations and into a corporate position with the team.

Toronto has only made the playoffs in two of the last seven years and is coming off a 34-48 season.

Ujiri met with the Raptors on Friday and will reportedly use the weekend to consider the team's offer to run its front office.

The Nuggets reportedly will not get into a bidding war to retain Ujiri, who is the lowest paid GM in the league.

Ujiri is a former assistant general manager of the Raptors, so he has ties to the organization.

Toronto also had interest in Phil Jackson and sought permission to interview Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard.
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