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2013 NBA Draft Lottery

When you consider that Masai Ujiri is a scout at heart who surely lives for the process, lead-up and eventuality of Draft night, it was always hard to see him simply standing by without trying to jump into this year’s Draft.

On that note…

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Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors

Earlier today we quickly discussed how Masai Ujiri’s front office staff is beginning to take shape, and now it looks like his coaching staff will soon follow suit, as Ujiri officially announced on Wednesday that Dwane Casey will be back as head coach next season.

“I’m excited about moving forward and growing this team with Coach Casey,” Ujiri said via press release.

The release also states that “an announcement will be made in the future regarding the club’s assistant coaching staff.”

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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.

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Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

As Tim Leiweke stressed the need for improvement for an organization that wasn’t good enough and Masai Ujiri talked about building his own small staff here in Toronto, many of us were able to foresee the organizational house cleaning around the corner. So when guys like Ed Stefanski and Jim Kelly were let go, I don’t think anyone around the team was exactly floored.

But I don’t know how many people saw this coming, as fans and media alike were surprised to hear the news on Monday that former fan-favourite Alvin Williams had been relieved of his duties as a scout. In addition, Doug Smith reports that CEO Tim Leiweke made the decision and that General Manager Masai Ujiri never spoke to Alvin.

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With the Raptors watching the playoffs from home again and no draft picks to prepare for and look forward to, much of our off-season blogging here at RaptorBlog has been dedicated to Toronto’s front office shuffling, and that continues today…

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