The Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C.
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is trying to persuade Ujiri to leave the NBA champions to join the Wizards, according to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss.
"I hear Barack Obama's a part of that whole Masai recruitment to D.C.," Strauss said on a recent episode of the "Back To Back" podcast. "I've heard Obama wants Masai in D.C. Obama wants to do something with basketball."
The two are reportedly friends. Obama was in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto and joined Ujiri at a basketball camp in Kenya last year, while Ujiri attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2015 when Obama was in office.
The Wizards' potential offer for Ujiri is reportedly for six years, $60 million, and could possibly include an ownership stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment and other responsibilities within the company, sources have told NBC Sports Washington.
And hey, it doesn't hurt to have the former Commander in Chief making your sales pitch.
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