HoopsHype Bryan Colangelo rumors

May 21, 2013 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: Raptors say search for new GM is underway, and Maple Leaf Sports/Entertainment president/CEO Tim Leiweke expects to name GM within 30 days. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

Bryan Colangelo will remain with the Toronto Raptors but as team president but has been stripped of his role as general manager, new Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke announced Tuesday. The search is underway for a new general manager, a hire Leiweke expects to make within 30 days. Colangelo will report to Leiweke and the general manager will have "full authority on all basketball-related decisions," according to a news release. USA Today Sports

Darren Andrade: Leiweke: "Bryan is ticked off with me. This isn't his perfect world." Colangelo fought to keep job but if it doesn't work "we'll fix it". Twitter @darrenandrade

Bryan Colangelo is out as the president and general manger of the Toronto Raptors but is being offered another senior management position within the NBA club. The Raptors have yet to confirm the move, but a source within the organization confirmed that the one-time NBA executive of the year will no longer be calling the shots when it comes to the team’s future direction. Toronto Globe & Mail

“He’s not the happiest guy,” said the source, who did not want to be identified as the club has yet to officially announce the change. Toronto Globe & Mail

But the veteran NBA executive, seven years on the job in Toronto after more than a decade with the Phoenix Suns and a two-time NBA executive of the year, has always been a loyal and valued part of the organization, a fact not lost on ownership. 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. Toronto Star

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

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