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Toronto President Masai Ujiri joins The Woj Pod to go inside the Kawhi Leonard trade, how the Raptors hope to resign the All-Star forward, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Nurse/Dwane Casey, his relationship with President Obama, his summer trip to Africa and much more.
0:53: The NBA’s passionate fan base around the globe and how the league is gaining ground on the NFL.
4:17: The difficulty of moving on from DeMar DeRozan and Dwane Casey, and the trade negotiations for Kawhi Leonard.
9:48: Measuring risk before trading for Leonard, including his pending free agency.
13:23: Completing the deal for Leonard while in Africa.
15:45: Asking RC Buford about what happened between the Spurs and Leonard during negotiations.
17:14: Ujiri’s conversation with DeRozan informing him of the trade.
19:38: Apologizing to DeRozan for the trade and the nuances of managing trade talks.
25:14: The Raptors having a year to show Leonard what their franchise is about, similar to how the Thunder had a year to show Paul George.
28:05: Is it a challenge to get to know the famously private Leonard?
29:52: Ujiri’s message to Leonard in their first meeting.
31:00: The status of Leonard’s health as training camp approaches.
33:40: Leonard elevating the Raptors on both sides of the ball.
34:54: Promoting Nick Nurse to head coach.
38:31: The challenge of a coaching search.
44:29: Being around President Barack Obama while completing the Leonard trade.
47:32: What has Ujiri learned from Obama about leadership?
49:52: Viewing Africa as home and spending time there each summer.
55:07: Basketball being a source of light and positivity around the world.