Wizards may make a run at Raptors’ Ujiri for top exec role

Raptors head of basketball operations Masai Ujiri says keeping Pascal Siakam long-term is a priority.

The Washington Wizards may be pausing their search for a new general manager to make a run at Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

The Wizards fired former head of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld in early April. They reportedly offered the position to Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly, who opted to stay with his current franchise.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry and current Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver have also reportedly been linked to the Wizards opening.

According to Katz, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has not yet reached out to Ujiri, as the Raptors are in the midst of their first-ever appearance in the Finals.

Ujiri is under contract with the Raptors for the next two seasons. Should the Wizards be able to pry him away, they would likely owe the Raptors some compensation.

Ujiri was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2013 while leading the Nuggets. He is undoubtedly up for the award again this year after hiring Nick Nurse as coach and trading for Kawhi Leonard last offseason.

The Wizards are coming off a 32-50 season and own the No. 9 overall pick in the June 20 draft.