Ownership of the Toronto Raptors were emphatic that they were not going to allow Masai Ujiri to easily leave for the New York Knicks before his contract expires in the summer of 2021.

It is not known if Larry Tanenbaum appealed directly to James Dolan or to Adam Silver or both on that issue.

Multiple sources confirmed that Ujiri had viewed the Knicks as a viable destination depending on the timing. The Knicks instead will hire Leon Rose to run the franchise.

There have been some preliminary discussions between Ujiri and MLSE, but nothing has changed over the past month regarding his desire to wait until the summer of 2020 to address his contract status. Ujiri could even wait until 2021.