Kawhi Leonard received most of the credit for Toronto winning the NBA Finals - and rightfully so - but Masai Ujiri also deserves praise for building a championship roster.
Ujiri pulled the trigger on one of the boldest trades in recent memory, shipping DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Leonard. Even though the All-Star forward is an elite talent in the NBA, many thought he'd be nothing more than a rental.
While Leonard could still leave this offseason if he desires, it doesn't change the fact that Toronto won the NBA Finals. Ujiri built the Raptors into a contender through savvy signings and blockbuster trades.
Once the buzzer went off and the Raptors became champions, reports emerged about other teams wanting Ujiri. He's clearly one of the best executives in the entire league.
Despite receiving interest from other NBA franchises, Ujiri has zero intentions of leaving Toronto.
"For me, it's always been about Toronto," Ujiri said. "I love it here, my wife loves it here, which is very important. My kids are Canadian."
With Ujiri announcing his commitment to the Raptors, the focus shifts over to Leonard's decision in free agency.
It sounds like the Raptors will compete against the Clippers for Leonard. The allure of Los Angeles might attract the California native, but it won't be easy leaving Toronto, especially when you consider the foundation that Ujiri has built the past few seasons.