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spreadeagle
08-25-2010, 11:44 AM
The Denver Nuggets appear to have made up their minds in the search for a general manager - again.

According to three sources close to the situation, former Phoenix Suns senior vice president of basketball operations David Griffin turned down an offer for the position on Tuesday night. The Nuggets are expected to offer the job to Masai Ujiri today, a move that would return the Toronto assistant general manager to the place where he gained most of his NBA experience.

Ujiri was a scout with Denver from 2003 to 2007, having previously served as an unpaid scout for the Orlando Magic (2002-03) and finishing his Nuggets tenure as the head of international scouting. He appeared to have only a slim chance at the position when the search began in early August, but his good reputation within the Nuggets ranks coupled with an impressive interview on August 12 will likely lead to his hiring now that Griffin has backed out.

Griffin, according to the sources, was offered the job late last week but balked when the offer - which was believed to be for less than $500,000 annually - was far below market for a general manager position. It spoke volumes about the position itself.

With Nuggets executives Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman being let go earlier this month and owner Stan Kroenke turning much of his attention to his bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, his son - 30-year-old Josh Kroenke - has been elevated to a far more influential role in recent months. The most recent example of his influence came over the weekend, when he reportedly visited Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in Baltimore to discuss his standing extension offer (three years, $65 million) and uncertain future with the team.

And while the team's general manager position denotes more power than it truly holds, quite the opposite is true of Bret Bearup and his title of "team adviser." The mid-1980s Kentucky star is more involved than ever in personnel matters now that Warkentien and Chapman are gone.

Assuming the Nuggets proceed as planned, there shouldn't be any negotiating delays with Ujiri like there were with Griffin. While he remains under contract with the Raptors, the job is a promotion and as such he should be free to take it.

-Fanhouse

spreadeagle
08-25-2010, 11:54 AM
Dont know much about this guy..not a flashy signing if your trying to entice Melo to say

ink
08-25-2010, 11:57 AM
Congrats to Masai. He must have something special to rise that quickly through the ranks. Denver groomed him, Toronto picked him up and promoted him, then Denver took him back as GM. Well played rise to the GM position.

spreadeagle
08-25-2010, 12:06 PM
GM makin less then 500 k ? Denver strapped for cash or something

nuggetsyankees
08-25-2010, 12:23 PM
i just hope they reopen negotiations with griffin and get masai to focus on international talent and scouting

smith&wesson
08-25-2010, 12:44 PM
at first i thought they were offering BC job.

congrats Masai Ujiri, but it seems like a tuff time to be a dever GM with carmello trying to flee.

spreadeagle
08-25-2010, 01:02 PM
at first i thought they were offering BC job.

congrats Masai Ujiri, but it seems like a tuff time to be a dever GM with carmello trying to flee.

No doubt...its like congrats your the new GM,Melo wants out Billups and Kmart are getting old and JR smith is on the block. But hey if he gets Melo to stay hes a genius and if not he gets to mold his own team from scratch

Eagles4Lyfe
08-25-2010, 01:13 PM
phew i thought it was going to say colangelo and was going to flip but meh