Josh Kroenke expects Masai Ujiri to stay with the Denver Nuggets

Josh and Stan Kroenke, Masai Ujrir, and Pete D'Alessandro in Oakland. - USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest story lines of this off-season for the Nuggets is the "free agent status" of Masai Ujiri. His contract with the Nuggets is up in June of this year, but Josh Kroenke sounds hopeful that the pair will continue working together:

"For the fans, they should know Masai wants to be here and I think he enjoys working for me. I think we make a pretty good team, along with (vice president of basketball operations) Pete D'Alessandro, (scouting coordinator) Dan Tolzman and the rest of our scouting staff. I wouldn't anticipate any issues there."

Kroenke went on record with Aaron Lopez of Nuggets.com in more depth about Ujiri, head coach George Karl, forward Andre Iguodala, and the direction of the team. It's a good read and you can check it out by clicking the link above or right here.

Bringing back Ujiri should the Nuggets' top priority. His track record with the team speaks for itself. The big trade with the Knicks, the deal to bring in Jordan Hamilton and Andre Miller, drafting Kenneth Faried and Evan Fournier in back-to-back drafts, re-signing Wilson Chandler, Nene and Arron Afflalo, re-signing Miller (who talked about wanting to go somewhere to start), trading for Iguodala, extending Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, and JaVale McGee. The list goes on and on.

Ujiri still has work to do as the Nuggets could use better post presence and more shooting - his job is never done. But the work Ujiri has done with the Nuggets shows that he's a very valuable part of the equation here and it'd be great to see him stay with Denver.

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