HoopsHype Bryan Colangelo rumors

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

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As Colangelo and his team look at how to improve the Raptors in hopes of making their return to the playoffs next season, they will have to first decide whether or not they want to trade or buy themselves into the draft. Barring a miracle at the draft lottery, the Raptors won’t have a pick. “We gave up a protected first (1-3) for Kyle Lowry and our second in the Rudy Gay trade, so realistically we may have to sit this one out,” says Colangelo. “Given the underwhelming depth and strength of this draft and the fact that we are currently developing three promising rookies in Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy, we are not overly concerned about that. If there was ever a year to not have a pick, this is the one. Having said that, if we move up in the lottery and end up with a top pick, we do like a few guys on the board.” HoopsWorld

Once the draft plays out, Colangelo does have some specific things he’ll be looking for in free agency and via trade over the offseason. “Very clearly, veteran presence and leadership will go a long way in rounding out our very young nucleus,” says Colangelo. “We can certainly add some mental and physical toughness to our mix too. A full training camp will obviously help everyone, but I do really like the talent level of the young core we have in place. Of course, we need to add a piece or two to the mix, but we should get appreciably better with our efforts of growing organically.” HoopsWorld

March 27, 2013 Updates

Bryan Colangelo was yesterday in Rome to see the practice of Virtus. The president and GM of the Toronto Raptors talked with the three NBA prospects of Virtus at the end of practice: Gigi Datome, Gani Lawal and Jordan Taylor. Gigi Datome was the main reason of Colangelo's trip in the Italian capital. The captain of Virtus Roma could move to the NBA next season, despite one year remaining on his contract with Virtus. Sportando

March 21, 2013 Updates

When the analytics team is sharing their opinion and the coaching staff is saying the opposite in the following paragraph in Lowe’s piece, that’s a less-than-optimal situation for a franchise that is in the middle of a five-year playoff drought. Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo was quick to deny any rift between the two sides. “There is absolutely no rift between the front office and coaches concerning the use of analytics,” he answered via email. “If anything, it’s more about coaches and management (the basketball guys) challenging the analytics team (the numbers guys) on the premise that you disregard or abandon pure and simple basketball ideology. Healthy debate is surely part of the process, but we are all learning and evolving in this very interesting space.” SportsNet

Colangelo wasn’t the only one deflecting attention from the differing opinions among coaching staff and the analytics team. “You have friction between yourself and players, yourself and your own coaching staff,” coach Dwane Casey told the media on Tuesday afternoon. “I think the challenge — I don’t say friction — I think the challenge is using it in the right way where it’s not the only piece, the only tool that you use. There are many tools you use to prepare your team to play. There’s not friction. There’s one piece. “Everybody wants to get their point across. Analytical people want to say, ‘This is the tool to use.’ Scouts want to say, ‘My tool is important.’ At the end of the day, the bottom line is, whether it’s (through) personnel or analytics, is winning.” SportsNet

March 13, 2013 Updates

Even if Bargnani recovers quickly, is medically cleared to play and can somehow show the mental resolve to fight through whatever discomfort remains, time becomes a factor. It’s why the likelihood of Bargnani suiting up again this season appears remote, if that. Long term, his future in Toronto is very much up in the air. Nothing in basketball, meaningful that is, gets done until the June draft, a time when deals are made, a time when Bargnani’s time in Toronto may eventually come to an end. “He’s had a horrific year as far as luck goes,’’ said GM and team president Bryan Colangelo, who used the first overall pick in the 2006 draft to select Bargnani amid much fanfare and expectation. Toronto Sun

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