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Masai Ujiri Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Raptors GM's Future

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2016

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Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri helped to construct the team's current playoff roster and is considered one of the brighter executives in the NBA.

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Knicks Interested in Bringing Ujiri Into Front Office in the Future

Wednesday, April 6

Ujiri is thought to be a potential successor to Phil Jackson in the New York Knicks front office, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News

Per Isola, Ujiri is on Chairman of Madison Square Garden James Dolan's list of potential options to take over for Jackson should he leave the Knicks or should the team move on from the famous coach and current president of the organization.

As Isola reported, a potential rift between Jackson and Dolan could be created if Dolan doesn't approve Jackson's recommendation for the team's next head coach. Jackson is reportedly interested in keeping current interim head coach Kurt Rambis at the helm. 

Per Isola, "Dolan reportedly isn’t entirely opposed to Rambis but he’s not quite ready to sign off on hiring him either" and superstar Carmelo Anthony has endorsed "a comprehensive coaching search."

If Jackson and Dolan butt heads on the new coaching hire, that could open the door for the team to pursue Ujiri.

Ujiri's Raptors are currently 52-25 and have the second best record in the Eastern Conference. They'll make the playoffs for the third straight season after missing the postseason for five straight years before Ujiri took over as general manager.

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