Nuggets to Name Masai Ujiri as GM

by August 26, 2010

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.”