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TORONTO – The biggest changes the Toronto Raptors made this offseason came in the boardroom, not the locker room.
Tim Leiweke was hired as CEO in April after the Raptors were 10th in the Eastern Conference, finishing out of the playoffs for a franchise-worst fifth straight year.
Leiweke's first big move was demoting general manager Bryan Colangelo. Less than two weeks later, he hired Masai Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, away from Denver to take over as president and GM. Ujiri unloaded Colangelo's most derided asset, former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani, in a trade with New York.
The rebuilding process has started slowly, but Leiweke says the Raptors have "made it clear to all our players" they they're "going to win championships here."