Thursday, August 26th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  9 responses

Nuggets to Name Masai Ujiri as GM

According to the Denver Post, the Nuggets have finally been able to land a general manager: “Former Nuggets scout Masai Ujiri will become the team’s new general manager, according to an NBA source. The door opened for Ujiri when the Nuggets were unable to reach an agreement with David Griffin, a former Phoenix Suns director of basketball operations. The two sides were working late into Wednesday evening to finalize contract details. A deal could be done as early as this morning. Ujiri declined comment until negotiations were final. Ujiri, 39, has been a rising star in NBA executive circles. He worked for four seasons in the Nuggets’ scouting department, which included being named director of international scouting for the 2006-07 season. Prior to that, Ujiri worked as an international scout with the Orlando Magic in 2002-03. A native of Zaria, Nigeria, Ujiri attended prep school in Seattle, went to junior college in North Dakota and attended Montana State. He played basketball in college and then professionally for six years in Europe. While his claim to fame has been in scouting, he also has worked for years with the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders.”

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  • The Philosopher

    Damn, you just got the GM job in Denver?
    Oh… wait…
    My bad. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Migs

    His most recent stint was as Assistant GM for the Toronto Raptors… but nobody really cares about Canada, eh?

  • Ian

    you mean abOOt canada, eh?


    If David Griffin, a well-regarded former Phoenix Suns executive who is currently unemployed, wouldn’t take Denver’s vacant GM position, what does that tell you about the job? Perhaps it says the position being offered is for a low salary figurehead/puppet GM, while Bret Bearup and Josh Kroenke get to make the big decisions.

  • Brickshooting J

    Dammit! I was about to crack a joke about if he’s a real Masai, but it turns out that he could well be.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I swear the Raptors picked up Alabi just cause of Ujiri…

  • total scrotal implosion

    He went to college in north dakota and montana? Poor guy

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Bye, Melo.

  • BK Chris

    He’ll be gone in 2 years! Nobody else took that job cuz they didn’t want to be the fall guy in denver. Best case scenario, they build through the draft ala Portland and OKC. Its a shame that my Naiija brethren is going to have to take the fall for this but someone has to right? We know who’s going to be calling the real shots in denver… The CAA lol