Weaver is a glowing example of the way women have been playing a key role in the Raptors organization’s success. When Ujiri was first hired by the team in 2013, it had only one female staff member. Today, it has 14. “They were not hired because we wanted to hire women, they were hired because they’re the best at what they do,” Ujiri said during a keynote speech last year.

How Weaver went from MLSE administrative assistant in 2012 to Ujiri offering her a chance to help build up the 905 to now adding to the growing list of women who can be found in NBA front office roles is a long story wrapped around a simple premise: Weaver missed basketball.

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