The Toronto Raptors are nearing contract extensions for their front office, most notably with president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Ujiri and Webster are both under contract through 2021 and have overseen the most successful period in Raptors franchise history. Since their arrival in 2013, the Raptors have won no less than 48 games, never once missed the playoffs, won a championship, shattered every franchise record in the books, while also developing and acquiring multiple All-Star players, on top of making the Raptors far more profitable than when they first took over.
In fact, the deal with Webster might already be done. As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told The Good Show on Fan 590, Webster reportedly signed an extension earlier this summer when he was approached by the Chicago Bulls for their front office vacancy. Windhorst also mentioned that head coach Nick Nurse also quietly signed his extension many weeks before it was officially announced this week.
“Don’t tell anybody this, but that (Nurse) deal got done during the shutdown. They held onto it during the bubble ... And from what I hear, it was an excellent contract. It was a championship-level contract, a four-year deal, paying him money that puts him in the high ranks of NBA coaches,” Windhorst said.
As for Ujiri, he is still something of a question mark. Windhorst mentioned that it wasn’t a matter of money, but that Ujiri might just prefer to keep his options open. However, in contrast to previous rumours of Washington or New York courting Ujiri, there are no prominent vacancies open around the league, and certainly there are very few NBA jobs that offer the type of permanency, security, freedom and financial flexibility the Raptors have to offer.
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