Dallas Mavericks GM candidate to replace Donnie Nelson: 2. Masai Ujiri
If the Mavs are looking to make a massive splash, they should target Ujiri. The current Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations’ contract expires at the end of the season. He noted back in May that his discussions with ownership would decide his future with the team. There has been no word of an extension yet, meaning Ujiri is officially available.
The 50-year-old joined the Raptors as general manager in 2013. This was the first season that they missed the playoffs in Ujiri’s tenure. He was the architect behind Toronto’s 2019 championship team, including pulling off the Kawhi Leonard trade with the Spurs. Uriji has a track record of winning and is regarded as one of the best lead executives in the league.
Cuban is going to have to get out his wallet to bring Massai Ujiri to Dallas. The 50-year-old is going to command top dollar, but the allure of building around Luka Doncic could be the selling point. In his one year with a top-five player in the league, Ujiri brought a title to Toronto. He could have the next decade-plus building a team around one in Dallas.
The Mavericks will look at plenty of outside candidates, but they could ultimately choose an in-house one.
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