HoopsHype Bryan Colangelo rumors

May 13, 2013 Updates

According to sources Colangelo may be growing frustrated waiting for a decision to be me made, with the longer it drags on serving as evidence to him that he is not Leiweke’s first choice to run the basketball operations going forward. SportsNet

May 12, 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

It is not believed that Colangelo would balk at a one-year commitment, though it would serve as a convenient fallback for both parties in the case of separation. Leiweke has been in contact with Phil Jackson, but that is not yet seen as a likely scenario for either party, in part because Jackson is engaged to Los Angeles Lakers executive vice-president Jeannie Buss. Instead, Leiweke says Jackson is merely one of several NBA figures who is providing him with advice. 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

At long last, it appears the fate of Bryan Colangelo will be resolved. There are those who believe a decision will be made official by as early Monday. Unofficially, Colangelo’s option year is expected to be picked up, a route many in basketball circles had anticipated in the days leading up to the Raptors’ season finale. Toronto Sun

May 11, 2013 Updates

The Raps, though, still have yet to announce a decision on the fate of current team president Bryan Colangelo after Colangelo made a presentation to the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment board Tuesday to urge his bosses to pick up the 2013-14 option on his contract. One source briefed on the process expects Colangelo's fate to be formally announced this week in advance of the annual Chicago pre-draft camp. ESPN.com

May 8, 2013 Updates

Bryan Colangelo made his case to stick around on Tuesday. The Raptors president/general manager met with new Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president/CEO Tim Leiweke and the board at the ACC to review the season that was and to outline why the final option year on his contract should be picked up. It is expected that a decision on Colangelo’s future will be made in the not-to-distant future, though nothing was revealed on Tuesday. Toronto Sun

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However, sources say there has been no appetite at the MLSE board level to replace either Colangelo or Casey. Instead, it appears the franchise will continue to attempt to force round pegs into square holes and hope for the best. Toronto Sun

April 22, 2013 Updates

Coming off a 34-48 season that was ruined by a 4-19 start and make marginally tenable but a strong finish, Colangelo offered an impassioned defence of coach Dwane Casey. “I can absolutely tell you that coach Casey and I get along in a way that most coaches and management people do: We challenge each other.” Toronto Star

April 18, 2013 Updates

Dwane Casey knows change is inevitable from one season to the next in the NBA. It’s just part of the game. But there is one change Casey hopes doesn’t come to pass. “I want Bryan back,” Casey said of Raptors president and GM Bryan Colangelo who does not have a contract past July. “Bryan hired me here. I don’t want to go into another year with a new general manager. Change is part of the NBA but I’d much rather have Bryan back, a guy I’ve worked with and been with. We know each other and I know he knows what we’re looking for, what we’re trying to do.” Toronto Sun

Bryan Colangelo categorically denies he made any attempt to fire coach Dwane Casey during the NBA season. In a text message response to columnist Steve Simmons, who reported in Wednesday’s Toronto Sun that Colangelo had tried to oust Casey during the season, the Raptors general manager wrote: “Your speculation about me trying to fire DC this year is absolutely false. Your ‘insiders’ are not accurate.” Toronto Sun

There is no question the coach and the GM haven’t been in complete agreement on all fronts this season, but that can be said for every other coach/GM relationship in the league as well. The two have been together for two seasons and Casey, who has a year remaining on his own deal, would like to see it get to three. “He’s done a good job of taking big steps, of getting assets and pieces of a core together. I’d like to finish it out, and I’d like to do it with Bryan.” Toronto Sun

April 17, 2013 Updates

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