MLSE/Rogers and a new direction - The way I see it
When Rogers and Bell took over MLSE one by one they retooled and now we are in a situation where
the Leafs are in the playoffs, Toronto FC has been overhauled, Tim Leiweke has come in, and everything for once feels like it is going in the right direction. The purse strings have been opened, there is no question now that the Raptors would go well into the tax if it means winning. But I don't want to people here to judge Tim too quickly if he decides to keep Colangelo on. Think about it this way. What potential can a new GM be offered right away. We have no pick, no space, no expiring contracts worth dumping, a few tradeable assets, and the bloated carcass of a contract that Bargnani has, as well as the overpayed deals of Fields, and arguably DeRozan. It might just be in the best interest to let BC lame duck it for a year, or fire him and let Stefanski ride it out for a year because next year's GM will get
Bargnani 11 million dollar expiring deal
Amir 7 million dollar expiring deal
Fields 6.5 million dollar expiring deal
picks both 1st and 2nd rounders
Lowry's 6 million off the books or resigned...maybe
Kleiza's 4 million off the books
Aaron Gray 2.5 million off the books
Gay either off the books or 20.1 million dollars expiring
Everything was set up to allow maximum flexibility in 2014/2015
So maybe I'm wrong but unless the GM coming in wants to address things such as coaching, staff, and make a few ticky tack trades here and there, the wont really get the chance to put their stamp on it for another year.
All of this being said, the direction of MLSE has me very optimistic, even if it doesn't happen THIS summer, I know damn sure it will NEXT summer.