Jay Triano, Toronto Raptors: The Raptors believe Triano did the best possible job under difficult circumstances by developing a young team hit hard by injuries early this season, a league source said. The players like Triano, but the Raptors finished with the leagueís third-worst record at 22-60 after losing Chris Bosh(notes) in free agency. He also hasnít led them to the playoffs in three seasons.
Triano has a one-year contract option for next season that has to be exercised June 15, but two complicated issues cloud his situation. The contract of Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo expires on June 30. Also, the Ontario Teachersí Pension Plan expects to sell its 66 percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Raptors and NHLís Toronto Maple Leafs, over the next few months. Those issues have brought confusion as to who will decide Trianoís fate.