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Atlantic Notes: Ujiri, Raptors, Knicks, Lawal

Masai Ujiri is the new man in charge in Toronto and he's not wasting any time in making changes to the Raptors organization.  Here's more on that and other news out of the Atlantic..

  • After letting Ed Stefanski and several scouts go, Ujiri is quickly moving to re-staff the front office, writes Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.  League sources say the Raptors have already conducted interviews with assistant coach hopefuls Nick Nurse of the Rio Grande Vipers of the D League, Nets assistant Popeye Jones, and ex-NBA player Tyronn Lue.  No one on the current staff is signed past June 30th and and it’s expected none will be in town this week when some players come back for workout sessions with the team’s training staff.
  • Well-regarded scout Maury Hanks is among the people that have been let go by Ujiri, a source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter).  Hanks spent more than a decade with the Nets before joining the Raptors organization.
  • The Knicks are interested in Gani Lawal, agent Dan Curtin tells Jared Zwerling of  The Knicks are "interested" in Lawal and will likely work him out after he finishes the season with Italian team Virtus Roma.  Curtin said he could envision a one-year contract at the minimum level with an NBA team.  Lawal played with the Iman Shumpert at Georgia Tech from 2008-10.

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