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NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $35,000 for Outburst

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Masai Ujiri's mouth has cost him again. The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors general manager $35,000 for his expletive over the weekend geared towards Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce. The team was also fined $25,000.

"People want me to say something about Paul Pierce, but we don't give a s--- about it,'" Ujiri told a cheering crowd outside the Air Canada Centre.

Pierce had made disparaging comments about the franchise in an interview with ESPN.

Last season, Ujiri was fined $25,000 before the team's playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets for addressing a crowd using an expletive as well.

"I have the deepest respect for Commissioner [Adam] Silver and the NBA, and while showing passion for our team and fans I will choose my words more carefully in the future so as not to indicate otherwise," Ujiri said.

The Wizards defeated the Raptors in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

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NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $25,000 for Expletive

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A poor moment of judgement has forced the NBA to fine Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri $25,000 for his comments during a pep rally prior to the team's playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

At the rally outside the Air Canada Centre prior to the game, he said: "F--- Brooklyn!"

The Nets wound up winning Game 1, 94-87.

"Wrong choice of words out there," Uijiri said later. "It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs...[I was] just trying to get the crowd out there rattled -- wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it."

This was the first time this season Uijiri took questions from the media.

Uijiri was hired by the Raptors back in May 2013 after he served as the general manager for the Denver Nuggets.

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Nuggets Hire Tim Connelly As Executive V.P. Of Basketball Operations

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as their new executive vice president of basketball operations, the team announced on Monday.

The 36-year-old Connelly will take over for NBA executive of the year Masai Ujiri, who left to become the general manager of the Toronto Raptors. Connelly had been working for the New Orleans Pelicans as an assistant GM.

“We are extremely excited to have Tim join the Denver Nuggets organization,” Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke said. “He comes from a great basketball background, possesses an incredibly strong work ethic and is a wonderful person. His passion and energy for the game of basketball are contagious and I am confident that he will be a great fit with us in Denver.”

With a new executive in place, the Nuggets are expected to turn their sights towards hiring a new head coach to replace NBA coach of the year George Karl, with whom the team recently parted ways.

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Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri Named NBA's Executive Of The Year

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri was named the NBA’s executive of the year on Thursday.

Ujiri put together a squad that won a club-record 57 games despite not having a player on this season’s All-Star team. Denver finished with a home record of 38-3. They were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in six games in the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs.

Ujiri finished with 59 points, followed by Los Angeles Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks with 28 points. Tied for third with 25 points was Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and New York Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald.

The announcement comes a day after Nuggets head coach George Karl won the NBA’s Coach of the Year.

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Gallinari Out for Season

NBA via Denver Nuggets(DENVER) -- Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will miss the rest of the season after an MRI Friday revealed he tore his left ACL.

Gallinari was injured in the first half of the Nuggets' 95-94 win Thursday, when he landed awkwardly on his left foot while cutting to the basket for a layup. Teammates Timofey Mozgov and Quincy Miller had to help him off the court.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Gallo. He was having a career year in scoring and rebounding and was a huge reason for our success,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said. “We will obviously support him and be there for him throughout his recovery."

“Knowing his work ethic and commitment to getting back on the floor, we are confident he will come back stronger than ever next season.”

The 24-year-old Gallinari was averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season.

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