MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum says Raptors President Masai Ujiri is 'here to stay'

Earlier this week, it was reported that Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, the mastermind behind the team’s success, is reportedly “intrigued” by the potential opportunity to fix the mess that has been the New York Knicks.

Larry Tanenbaum, the co-owner and chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the Raptors’ ownership group, says fans shouldn’t be worried about losing the highly-regarded basketball executive.

“He is the best,” Tanenbaum said of Ujiri, according to Michael Traikos of Postmedia. “But no team can come to talk to him. That’s tampering. And every owner knows that. Masai is here to stay.”

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Ujiri’s contract with the organization runs through the 2020-21 NBA season and Tanenbaum is optimistic that he will be returning once the current deal expires.

“We hope so,” Tanenbaum said to Traikos about Ujiri. “We haven’t talked (about an extension) at this point in time, but if you ask him, his intentions are pretty clear.”

Given Ujiri’s successful track record, it makes sense that teams are interested in bringing him on board. But if Tanenbaum’s comments are any indication, it looks like Ujiri is interested in sticking around for the long haul.

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