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Ujiri's future with Raptors could be intertwined with Leonard's

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15.06.2019

OAKLAND – Oracle Arena is a great place to win an NBA championship if you’re the road team. It may be the largest visiting dressing room in the NBA. There is lots of room to celebrate and lots of floor space for the champagne bottles to collect.

The Raptors had a full skid of bubbly waiting for them after they cemented their NBA championship with a nail-biting Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors Thursday night.

Some of it was sent along by Champagne Papi himself as Drake wanted to make sure his boys had the good stuff to chug in between dousing themselves with Gruet Cuvee 89 Sparkling Rose ($19.95).

It wasn’t until Kawhi Leonard was sent to the line up two with 0.9 seconds left that the locker room staff felt comfortable hustling it all in for the bash. It took about that long for the corks to come off to start a party 24 years in the making.

But how long will the party last?

It is the ruthlessness of the NBA machine that even as the streets of Toronto were filling with revelers and the locker room floor at Oracle was a puddle of cheap bubbly, the barbarians were at the gates.

In the wee hours came a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is planning to make an offer to Ujiri that would pay $10 million annually, a potential equity stake and give him control of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Wizards, the Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center, among other properties.

According to sources, the offer is for six years, although Candace Buckner reported in the Washington Post Friday that the team has no immediate plans to contact Ujiri.

The Raptors executive has two years left on his current deal as president with the club and it’s believed he is already one of the highest-paid executives in........

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