Masai Ujiri, Nick Nurse Haven’t Had Contract Extension Discussions with Raptors


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 10: President Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets during the 2019 Summer League at the Cox Pavilion on July 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse have established themselves among the best executive-coach duos in the NBA, but neither one has discussed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors.  

Per The Athletic’s Eric Koreen, Ujiri confirmed on a conference call Wednesday that neither he nor Nurse have talked with the team about their contracts. 

Ujiri also noted now isn’t the time to have those discussions: “No. it’s not kind of where our minds are right now. It’s a crucial time for the world. Those things will come. Last thing on my mind. I miss the game … concerned for the world.”

Nurse is in the second year of a three-year deal he signed to become Toronto’s head coach in June 2018. The Iowa native led the Raptors to their first NBA championship in his first season leading the franchise. 

Prior to being promoted to head coach, Nurse served as an assistant for five seasons under Dwane Casey. He spent two years coaching the Rio Grande Valley Vipers from 2011-13, winning the D League championship in 2012-13. 

Ujiri has one more season remaining on his deal, but the 49-year-old is frequently mentioned as one of the most-sought after executives.

On June 13, 2019, the same day Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Washington Wizards were preparing to offer Ujiri a deal worth $10 million per season and a potential ownership stake to run their basketball operations. 

SNY.tv’s Ian Begley reported in December that the New York Knicks could pursue Ujiri if Scott Perry and Steve Mills were fired. Even though Mills was fired in February, the team appears to have moved on after hiring Leon Rose as president of basketball operations. 

Following Begley’s report, Michael Grange of Sportsnet noted that Toronto’s ownership group had not yet offered Ujiri a contract extension. 

Ujiri has been in the Raptors front office since 2013 when he was hired as executive vice president and general manager. He was named president of basketball operations in 2016 and relinquished the general manager role to Bobby Webster in June 2017.

The Raptors were the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 46-18 record when the regular season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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