Sources: Wizards To Offer Ujiri Job, Ownership Stake
The Wizards are preparing to offer Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri a "deal that could approach" $10M annually and "deliver him the opportunity for ownership equity," according to sources. Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis is "expected to reach out to Toronto ownership soon" for permission to meet with Ujiri. The offer "would include running the Wizards' basketball operations and, perhaps, taking on a larger leadership role" in Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Ujiri has two years left on his deal (ESPN.com, 6/13). Ujiri has "significant control" with the Raptors, but a "percentage of ownership would be one major sweetener" for the Wizards job (WASHINGTON POST, 6/14).
Meanwhile, a Raptors exec "pushed and hit a sheriff's deputy" after Game 6 in Oakland, and witnesses reportedly "identified the man" as Ujiri. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office "would not confirm the identity" of the exec. After the Raptors' win, the exec was "denied access to the court by a deputy because he didn't have the proper credential." No arrest was made, but the sheriff's department and Oakland police are "conducting a follow-up investigation, talking to witnesses and reviewing video" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/14).