Nuggets Mishandling Masai Ujiri Situation?
The Raptors allegedly are trying to lure (Masai) Ujiri with an annual salary of about $3 million — or about half what the Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler will make next season.
By dragging their feet, the Kroenkes undoubtedly miscalculated, as Ujiri’s leverage increased, including with his recent NBA executive of the year honor. He indicated that he believed he and Ujiri had reached an agreement in principle on a new deal before the Raptors’ approach.
A Ujiri departure would be alarming, not just because of the loss of a bright young executive, but because it would seem that the Kroenkes don’t believe they really need a proven GM on the basketball side. They hit the jackpot with the previously unproven Ujiri. They must know they can’t count on that happening again.