HoopsHype Bryan Colangelo rumors

May 20, 2013 Updates

Sources suggest minority owner Larry Tanenbaum may have been involved in the process of finding a suitable and significant position for Colangelo, a process that was still being finalized Monday afternoon, according to sources. What Colangelo’s role will be remains unclear but sources are adamant it won’t include the current title. However, with 18 years as an NBA executive, Colangelo would surely have some insight to offer to whomever takes on whatever role MLSE ownership has in mind; he is not expected, however, to have the ultimate say in personnel matters. Toronto Star

According to multiple NBA sources, Colangelo is about to be moved into an unspecified corporate role with MLSE, leaving his Raptors post as president and general manager’s open. The top — and most successful — name being kicked around is Ujiri, named the league’s executive of the year earlier this month by other league execs. Ujiri has close ties to the Raptors, having worked for three years in Toronto as the director of global scouting and assistant GM. His close allegiance to Colangelo and senior advisor Wayne Embry will be a factor, however, in any decision on his suitability. Toronto Star

If the Suns hadn’t been in the Finals, and Jerry Colangelo hadn’t attended that game, who knows whether he would have warmed up to an idea that led to the expansion Diamondbacks? Michael Jordan’s 55 points led to a Bulls victory in Game 4 and left the Suns on the brink of vacation. An incident during the game left Colangelo with a double-dose of ill feelings. He was sitting with his son, Bryan, when he heard a commotion behind him where his wife, Joanie, and mother were. “What’s going on?” Colangelo asked. “The guy behind us told your mom to shut up and sit down,” Joanie said. Arizona Republic

Adrian Wojnarowski: The MLSE remains in full pursuit of Denver GM Masai Ujiri to assume full control of Raptors, sources tell Y! Twitter @WojYahooNBA

It was Feb. 28, 2006 and Bryan Colangelo was being hailed as the man who would turn around the flagging fortunes of the Raptors and once again make them competitive. For about two seasons, Colangelo would live up to that billing. But for the past five years, he and the organization he has overseen have been spinning their wheels. Needing someone to play alongside Chris Bosh, Colangelo dealt T.J. Ford and the Raptors’ No. 1 pick, Roy Hibbert, to Indiana for Jermaine O’Neal. Since that trade, it has been a succession of deals with declining returns to try to make amends for that gaffe. Today, barring a stunning turn of events, it is expected Colangelo’s term in Toronto will end seven years and 81 days after it began. Toronto Sun

May 18, 2013 Updates

Masai, the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year, has emerged as the top choice of the search firm – Korn/Ferry International – that's been charged with finding a successor to Raptors president Bryan Colangelo, league sources said. MLSE has until Monday to make a decision on Colangelo's contract option for next year. It is possible that he could stay with the franchise under a new top basketball official. Yahoo! Sports

May 17, 2013 Updates
May 16, 2013 Updates

Nevertheless, there is now every indication that this pointless saga could drag on until the end of the week or even beyond. Wednesday was the obvious drop-dead date — Colangelo and his staff flew out Wednesday to begin scouting the pre-draft combines in Chicago. “I’m not discussing anything with anyone,” Colangelo said in an e-mail from Illinois. “Less said the better.” Toronto Star

May 15, 2013 Updates
May 13, 2013 Updates

Sources say the board representatives for Rogers and Bell, led by BCE chief executive officer George Cope and Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed, have ceded the decision to Leiweke, who has NBA ties dating back to his days as the president of the Denver Nuggets until 1995. Rogers and Bell each own 37.5% of MLSE, and have agreed to vote as a bloc; neither is believed to be in favour of retaining Colangelo, but in this case they are not making the final call. Leiweke, the former CEO of sports giant AEG, is in charge. National Post

Leiweke and Colangelo met somewhere other than Toronto almost two weeks ago, and sources say Colangelo was informed that Leiweke would have final say on all basketball decisions until a decision was made. Colangelo presented his plan to the MLSE board on Tuesday last week, and the meeting ran for three hours; it was a pre- planned meeting, however, and included Leiweke. National Post

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