Masai Ujiri Press Conference

Masai Ujiri’s hand-picked front office staff is starting to take shape, as the Raptors announced on Wednesday that Bobby Webster has been hired as Vice President of Basketball Management & Strategy, while Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post reports that Ujiri has poached Nuggets scouting coordinator Dan Tolzman from Denver to take a “director-level scouting job” in Toronto.

All of this is in addition to reports that Jeff Weltman will leave Milwaukee to join Ujiri’s staff as his second in command after the Draft.

While the reported hire of Tolzman may shed more light on why the team decided to part ways with scout Alvin Williams earlier this week, the official hiring of Webster is what really intrigues me. Webster has spent the last seven years working in the NBA office and was most recently filling the league’s role of Associate Director, Salary Cap Management.

I don’t know if it’s fair to call Webster the Raptors’ new “capologist,” but regardless, the fact that the team now has a CBA and cap expert with his background on its side has to been as a positive.

I am delighted to have Bobby join our basketball operations team,” Ujiri says in the press release. “His skill set will be valuable in a number of areas, and his experience and knowledge of the CBA and its complexities from a League level will be a great asset to the organization.”