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Report: Raptors' President Masai Ujiri 'intrigued' by Washington Wizards GM role

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The Washington Wizards' General Manager search is up and running and a "wild card" name has popped up in the rumour mill.

Raptors' President Masai Ujiri is "intrigued" by the idea of moving to Washington according to a report from NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig.

Standig reports that Ujiri would like to move to the U.S. capital to potentially have a larger platform for the Basketball Without Borders program which he serves as director for since 2002. His wife is also from the Washington D.C. area.

Standig did, however, admit that the current Raptors' President would be a "significant long shot" to secure for the Wizards as Toronto is unlikely to allow Ujiri to interview for the position while he's under contract.

Regardless of the rumour, Ujiri and the Raptors are currently knee deep in a playoff run with championship aspirations. Ujiri and the front office will also enter the most important free agent pitch in franchise history when they try and re-sign unrestricted free agent Kawhi Leonard in July.

According to the report, Washington has also shown interest in former Hawks and Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry, Houston's Gersson Rosas, Denver's Tim Connelly and current Washington interim GM Tommy Sheppard.

The Wizards fired Ernie Grunfeld in April after 16 years with the team. Washington failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015-16 after going 32-50 this year.

The Wizards do still have a young core led by John Wall and Bradley Beal to build around.

They also have a lottery pick to make in June's NBA Draft and have 9.0% chance of landing the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 14.

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