HoopsHype Ed Stefanski rumors
Despite reports that he was a finalist for the position, Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski hasn’t yet interviewed for the Toronto Raptors’ vacant GM position, according to a source. Stefanski, who has been granted permission to speak with other teams, is expected to interview with the Raptors sometime in the next few weeks, however. Of course, since the NBA lockout is expected to drag on throughout the summer, there’s no rush to fill vacant management positions. CSNPhilly.com
Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski is a finalist for the same job with the Toronto Raptors, a league source confirmed to the Daily News today. The Raptors actually got in touch with Stefanski some time ago, before the team's sale to Joshua Harris and Co. was even reported. That sale became finalized Wednesday. The source also said that Stefanski is on a short list of candidates to become president of the New York Knicks. Their former president, Donnie Walsh, decided not to return to the team when his contract expired at the end of last month. Philadelphia Inquirer
Three candidates have emerged as frontrunners for the Toronto Raptors’ general manager job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower, Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey are three focuses of the franchise to work under Toronto president Bryan Colangelo, sources said. Yahoo! Sports
No formal interviews have been conducted, sources said, but Colangelo has started the process of getting permission from teams to talk to candidates. It may not be until August that Colangelo starts formal interviews for the job. Colangelo has held the title of president and GM, but has said he’s willing to cede the GM title for the right candidate. Bower was fired as Hornets GM in 2010, just weeks after he was close to replacing Rod Thorn as the New Jersey Nets GM. Bower was Thorn’s choice, but Nets coach Avery Johnson fought to keep Bower out of New Jersey because he was still angry that Bower didn’t want him as Hornets coach. Yahoo! Sports
Stefanski has another year left on his contract. Will he be back next year? Ed Snider: This is this year. We evaluate everything on an annual basis. Q: So you're not ready to decide yet? Ed Snider: No. But it's up to [team president] Rod Thorn. That decision wouldn't be made by me, anyway. Philadelphia Inquirer
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