Raptors hire Ujiri as GM

May 31, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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TORONTO, May 31 (UPI) -- The Toronto Raptors reportedly signed Masai Ujiri to a long-term contract Friday as the club's general manager.

USA Today said the contract was for five years and $15 million.

Ujiri, a native of Nigeria, has been general manager of the Denver Nuggets since 2010. He is the first African-born general manager in the history of the NBA and was recently named the league's executive of the year for the 2012-13 season.

"To come back to the Raptors, to live in such a great city and work in an organization that has committed all the resources necessary to win championships was a huge factor in the decision," Ujiri said.

Ujiri, 42, worked for Toronto as director of global scouting in 2007 and assistant general manager from 2008-10.

Toronto went 34-48 this season, the franchise's fifth straight losing record. The Raptors have not been in the playoffs for five years.

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