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Rumor: Raptors, Masai Ujiri to sign contract extension

Raptors president Masai Ujiri

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 22: President Masai Ujiri of Toronto Raptors smiles after receiving his 2019 Championship ring before the game on October 22, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Raptors just gave coach Nick Nurse a contract extension.

Is team president Masai Ujiri up next?

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Tim Bontemps:

With the Raptors and previously Nuggets, Ujiri has proven himself as one of the NBA’s top executives. He masterfully built Toronto’s 2019 championship team.

Raptors ownership sounds committed to keeping him. Toronto spent to lure Ujiri from Denver, and that paid off. The Raptors are unlikely to balk at paying Ujiri whatever necessary now.

At this point, expect a deal. Ujiri refusing to publicly discuss the unfinalized situation doesn’t throw anyone off the scent.

Of course, even if he signs an extension with Toronto, it’s only a matter of time until Ujiri-to-Knicks rumors reemerge.