Masai Ujiri, The Toronto Raptors’ Biggest Free Agent This Summer, Doesn’t Wear a Uniform


The Toronto Raptors missed the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2013–14, the season Masai Ujiri, the team’s president of basketball operations, came to Toronto. Ujiri left the Denver Nuggets in 2013 and quickly put together the best stretch in franchise history. Toronto won at least 50 games five straight seasons, just missing a sixth, and captured the team’s first NBA title in 2019.

Toronto finished 27–45 this season, losing its final seven games to fall out of contention for a play-in spot. That was not a goal for Ujiri as he looks ahead to what comes next for the franchise. The longest-tenured Raptor, 35-year-old point guard Kyle Lowry, is a free agent this summer and is three years removed from his last fully healthy season. Toronto also faces a decision on Gary Trent Jr., who scored 16.2 points per game in 17 games after being acquired at the trade deadline.