Raptors GM Masai Ujiri: 'I start now'

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri (right) and his head coach Dwane Casey have a...

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri (right) and his head coach Dwane Casey have a high-level meeting on the side of the practice court Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/Toronto Sun)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

TORONTO - When Tim Leiweke spent a day and then some determining whether he wanted Masai Ujiri to run the Raptors, the two men ended up agreeing on a plan.

The team had to be blown up to eventually proceed forward.

The belief Bryan Colangelo had — that the Raptors were only a piece or two away from NBA contention - was dismissed by both men.

So here we are, with the forever irrelevant Raptors are about to begin their 19th season, and most of the team Leiweke and Ujiri wanted to blow up will be on the floor Wednesday night, lining up against what used to be the Boston Celtics.

Five months after Ujiri took his dream job — it worked for John Farrell — what he’s been able to surmise is he’s got a whole lot of houses for sale, not that many viewings, and almost no buyers.

The vision the new general manager has for the team, the one he sold to Leiweke, has yet to materialize in any meaningful way. Leiweke knows about the plan. The rest of us are left to guess.


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