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Masai Ujiri's Raptors to-do list may include new coach, losing Rudy Gay

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10:43 AM ET 06.02 | So here's what's his mentor, Bryan Colangelo, has left behind in real terms for the new Raptors general manager, Masai Ujiri. A wonky team of parts that don't fit. No cap space. No draft picks. And a busted first overall pick who needs to be traded and traded fast. With friends and team presidents like that, who needs enemies? Which is probably why the Raptors had to pay Ujiri six times more than his Denver salary to bring him to Toronto. And he will need to start on the job sprinting with so much to do, a decision necessary on coach Dwane Casey and his staff, the consideration on where to go with Rudy Gay's rather enormous contract, and the determination how you go forward with the singular Kyle Lowry at the point guard, not to mention whether you want to live with DeMar DeRozan's sweet long-term deal. Ujiri has signed on for five years and he has about that much work to do in his first summer on the job.

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June 2, 2013  10:52 AM ET

He definitely has his work cut out for him. He needs to move Bargani first.

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June 2, 2013  11:15 AM ET

And Colangleo was our saviour after Babcock. At least Babcock drafted Bosh.

June 2, 2013  11:20 AM ET

Don't be surprised if George Karl ends up in Toronto. Now that Ujiri is gone that's one less person in his corner here. Just sayin.

June 2, 2013  12:35 PM ET

Ujiri is overrated. He got lucky that he had Melo. Look at how many players he got for Melo. Maybe he can fool the Cavs into trading for Gay.

June 2, 2013  01:48 PM ET

Well I'm glad he drafted Evan Fournier before he left.

June 2, 2013  05:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Ujiri is overrated. He got lucky that he had Melo. Look at how many players he got for Melo. Maybe he can fool the Cavs into trading for Gay.

I agree that the Melo trade is what made him. But he was masterful in orchestrating that trade, and deserves the credit for all the players he got. Toronto should have gotten more than peanuts for Bosh, Cleveland could have gotten a King's ranson for Lebron. This guy squeezed the truth out of Melo, realized he wasn't going to resign, then got all those chips. Even the JaVale trade worked out.

 
June 2, 2013  09:26 PM ET

A Gay for Pau Gasol trade may be in the works. Especially since LA needs to make for missing the Mamba's scoring.

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