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The Toronto Raptors announced on Thursday that they have signed their current general manager to a multi-year contract extension.
This news will come as a big relief for Raptors fans, after significant speculation over the 36-year-old executive’s future has risen around the NBA over the last few months. Webster has been looked at by a few teams around the league seeking a GM, the Chicago Bulls being one of them, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported in April.
The Hawaii native was first hired by Toronto in 2013, as the team’s vice president of basketball management and strategy. He later served as an assistant general manager before being promoted to general manager in 2017, making him the youngest GM in the NBA.
Under Webster’s management, working closely with team president Masai Ujiri, the Raptors have had the most successful run in their history, notably winning a championship in 2019. He orchestrated the biggest trade the franchise made to date, acquiring superstar Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs. The Raptors have developed renowned talents such as Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet under his guise as well.
With Webster and head coach Nick Nurse now signed long-term, the spotlight intensifies on the future of Masai Ujiri, who has yet to sign a contract extension keeping him in Toronto. Ujiri is one of the most popular and coveted executives in the NBA, and there are plenty of rumoured suitors ready to recruit him if he decided to move on from the Raptors.