The Toronto Raptors wasted no time extending the contract of head coach Nick Nurse upon returning home from the NBA’s Orlando bubble, signing the bench boss and 2019-20’s coach of the year to a multi-year contract on Tuesday. As for re-signing team president Masai Ujiri, those talks are still pending.
During his end-of-season media availability on Thursday, Ujiri said extension talks with MLSE brass have not yet taken place.
“Coming out of this, things are a little raw. I’m going to reflect a little bit and we will address it when it’s time to address it,” Ujiri said of his extension talks, adding that those conversations will not be conducted publicly.
Ujiri, who has one more season remaining on his current contract with the franchise, also acknowledged that he understands there will be chatter around his status until signing on the dotted line.
“To me, there is no distractions with me, with my team. I’m totally fine with it. I understand that it gets talked about,” he said. “When it’s time to have a conversation, we will have that conversation.”
Ujiri indicated he wants to first look after the rest of the team’s leadership — both on the court and in the front office.
“It’s been an obligation for me to take care of my leadership team, obviously starting with Nick Nurse — I’m super excited about that. The future is bright,” he said of Nurse’s new deal. “In terms of me, I haven’t had those conversations and I’ll wait until those happen in the future.”
That list of priorities also includes general manager Bobby Webster, with whom the Raptors are “close” to agreeing on a new deal.
Roster-wise, key contributors like Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka remain front-of-mind this off-season.
The reigning NBA Finals champions were eliminated in Game 7 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs by the Boston Celtics, officials ending their campaign to run it back in 2020 in the Orlando bubble.