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3 Most Likely Masai Ujiri Destinations If He Leaves the Raptors

David Kaestle
Masai Ujiri could be leaving the Raptors this offseason.
Masai Ujiri could be leaving the Raptors this offseason. / Pool/Getty Images
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Masai Ujiri is regarded as one of the best executives by many around the league. With successful stints in both Denver and Toronto, Ujiri could potentially be on the move once again this offseason.

Recent reports claim that Ujiri will meet with Raptors' ownership about the future of the franchise and decide from there if he wants to return to the team next season. Now while there aren't really many job openings for Ujiri right now, there's only a handful of teams that wouldn't happily replace their current presidents in favor of Ujiri.

With this in mind, let's take a look at three likely destinations for Ujiri's next job if he decides to leave Toronto.

1. Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic fit a lot of the things Ujiri would probably be looking for in his next gig. They have some young talent in Jonathan Isaac, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr. and Markelle Fultz, plus a ton of draft assets they compiled at the trade this past season. Orlando has eight first-round picks over the next five seasons. Additionally, the Magic have some solid cap flexibility. With roughly $16 million in projected space this offseason, that number balloons to more than $50 million projected next offseason. This gives Ujiri a lot of what he needs to be successful.

2. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls might not have the draft assets that the Magic do, but they have the lure of Chicago to replace it. And they also have the cap space coming this offseason instead of next. Already projected for roughly $23 million in cap space this offseason, the Bulls' number shoots up to more than a projected $70 million next offseason. They will have to make decisions on Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen by then, but Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Williams and Coby White will be there. Regardless of what Ujiri decides to do with those players, the Bulls provide him with massive flexibility and freedom when it comes to constructing a roster in one of the biggest markets in the country.

3. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks were supposed to be the next big thing in the Eastern Conference this season. They have been anything but. Sure, injuries have hampered them at times, and they went through a mid-season coaching change, but the fact remains they have underperformed this year based on their talent level. This could lead to shakeup in the front office, especially if they are bounced in the first round of the playoffs. The Hawks can free up about $17 million in cap space this summer, and that number rises to roughly $30 million next offseason. All with Bogdan Bogdonovic, Danilo Gallinari, Clint Capela, De'Andre Hunter, Oneyeka Okongwu and Cam Reddish still under contract. Trae Young will need to be given an extension next summer, but the talent level of young players in Atlanta is unmatched by the other two teams on this list. The combination of young talent on cheap or reasonable contracts and some decent cap space, makes Atlanta a really attractive option.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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