Colangelo Watch (Update In Post #14)
A decent half season might score Colangelo the long-term contract extension he has been coveting. Heck, if you listen to the man who’ll largely decide Colangelo’s fate, you get the idea a passable 25 games could do it.
That’s not to say a disastrous beginning couldn’t end Colangelo’s four-plus-year tenure in Toronto. But on Wednesday Colangelo’s boss gave the impression that a decision on the GM’s future will be made sooner rather than later. And if you’re laying odds, it’s a short bet he’s not going anywhere.
“I will make a recommendation to the board (on Colangelo’s future) at some point during the season,” said Peddie. “I’m not going to leave Bryan hanging out. He’s got kids in school here.”
“We still really believe in Bryan Colangelo,” said Peddie.
Said Colangelo: “(A contract extension) hasn’t been top of mind. Top of mind is getting the team together and regrouping after losing Bosh.”
“Of the 14 clubs I’ve been around, I really like the attitude and culture of this club the best,” Peddie said. “There are no egos. They’ve very engaged. They’re enthusiastic as hell. But we’re young, very young. . . . I want to see them play hard and be active and be better defensively. And we’ll see where it goes.”
“I’ve heard from the board, I’ve heard from Richard, that they consider me a long-term piece here,” said Colangelo. “They’ve been supportive of everything we’ve done as a basketball management team, and that support has not wavered.”
Said Peddie: “I’ll just watch, and if I like where I think it’s going, we’ll re-up Bryan.”
Colangelo's Future In Toronto Could Go Either Way?
There is a MLSE board meeting today and high on the agenda is the future of Colangelo.
“It’s an important issue,” said one source. “It’s front and centre, but the time lines are fluid, it doesn’t have to be decided today or next week or next month.”
But what will happen or is happening isn’t so clear. There may be no fixed deadline in place, but there is an urgency to decide what MLSE will do regarding it’s lead basketball executive as club tries to rebuild. Colangelo remains under contract until June 30th.
Meanwhile, as Hayley Mick reports, Colangelo and his staff are scouring Europe and the United States to take advantage of the draft picks they may or may not get to use in June while deciding on how aggressive they want to be at the trade deadline later this month – do you nibble around the edges and move expiring contracts like Reggie Evans’? Or do you jump in at the deep and go for a complete makeover and test the market for the likes of Andrea Bargnani
Source: The Globe And Mail
For nearly five years Colangelo has been the brains behind the Raptors operation, with mixed results. Before the franchise decides on what kind of surgery is next the first step is for the board – which really only has two significant voices in the form of chairman and minority owner Larry Tanenbaum and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan – to come to a consensus on if they want to make an offer to renew Colangelo’s contract and according to what terms.
Which way may that discussion go? “The issue has to be wrestled to the ground,” says one source. “But right now it could go either way.”