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Masai Ujiri confirms he's staying with the Toronto Raptors

The past 24-hours has been busy for Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

First – last night at the NBA Awards, Ujiri didn't win Executive of the Year. After pushing the controversial trade of Demar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard – the trade that led the Raptors to win the NBA championship – many thought he'd be an easy pick.

But, it wasn’t.

Ujiri was voted fourth in the run up for the award.

Fans blew up in response. They were horrified that Ujiri did not even receive second or third place.

This morning, the Raptors president spoke about the incident he had with an officer at Oracle Arena after the Raptors’ NBA championship win.

Some articles alleged Ujiri struck the officer, causing him a concussion. Others reported that witnesses in close proximity to the incident saw the officer push Ujiri.

“I’m confident in who I am as a human being,” he said to The Athletic.

Ujiri is waiting for the police investigation to conclude before he comments further.

"I respect authority and I'll wait until that happens," he said.

The most recent and exciting news – at the end-of-season press conference today, Ujiri confirmed that he is staying with the Toronto Raptors.

“For me, it’s always been about Toronto. I love it here,” he said.

He did receive propositions from other teams, but his roots are grounded here. “My family is here. My wife is here. My kids are Canadian,” he added.

After the championship, there were rumours that the Washington Wizards, Ujiri’s wife’s hometown, were going to make him a big offer.

For many, Ujiri’s confirmation leads to one last lingering question. Will Kawhi Leonard stay too?

Raptors president said he has had “positive” meetings with Leonard, but he did not give any more details about their discussions.

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Jason Hargrove


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