With Tim Leiweke taking over as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the Toronto Raptors are aggressively heading in a new direction with their organization. After reassigning team president Bryan Colangelo away from the basketball side of things and bringing in Masai Ujiri from the Denver Nuggets to be the new decision-maker, the Raptors have begun a process to overhaul what hasn't been a very successful franchise in a decade.
The 2012-13 Executive of the Year Ujiri isn't wasting any time in cleaning house and making room for his own personnel to help him make informed decisions on which moves to make to bring the Raptors back to the playoffs. Ujiri will reportedly fire executive vice president Ed Stefanski and scout Maury Hanks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
In Masai Ujiri's first move, Ed Stefanski -- who held the GM title in Toronto -- has been let go, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2013
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri's starting to clean house: Well-regarded scout Maury Hanks has been let go, source tells Y! Ujiri will hire own guys.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2013
Before joining the Raptors in 2011, Stefanski was the general manager for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2007 to 2011 and the GM for the New Jersey Nets from 2004 to 2007. Hanks was a longtime scout for the Nets when Stefanski was in New Jersey and joined the Raptors to work with Stefanski a year ago.
Stefanski essentially replaced Ujiri after he departed from the Raptors' organization to run the Nuggets back in 2010. Ujiri was one of Colangelo's top assistants in the front office and Stefanski became Colangelo's second in command when he came to Toronto. With Ujiri back in Toronto to run the show, he'll be looking to bring in his own people to help him.