Woj does mention that the Blazers are wanting to hire Stefanski as well, but that he is relunctant unless he is given permission to report directly under Paul Allen. I suppose if the Blazers really want him they could provide him with that concession.
Woj is one of the more reliable NBA reporters though.As the Oregonian reported on Friday, Stefanski has been targeted again as a candidate in the Portland Trail Blazers’ GM search. He turned down the job several years ago as a New Jersey Nets executive, and sources said Stefanski hasn’t been interested in the Blazers job this time around unless he can report directly to owner Paul Allen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ers_executives) it seems like Cho would have reported to Allen, but I may be mis-reading things.
owner ---> president -----> GM
My interpretation would be Stefanski wants to be in a situation where the only person he has to sell on a roster/team decision is Allen. He would not want to have to go through Miller to get to Allen.
I realize I could be entirely wrong but that is my interpretation of the article.
I think Colangelo is going to be a very hands on President if this is where he's heading.
Alex Kennedy (HoopsWorld.com) Twitter.AlexKennedyNBA: Ed Stefanski is expected be hired as the next general manager of the Toronto Raptors, according to league sources.
Man, I'm going through withdrawals! It has come down to waiting who the next GM is. Bower or Stefanski. I say neither.
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” - Martin Luther King
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the contract talks with Ed Stefanski and the Raptors have hit a snag
According to Woj, this has now pushed Jeff Bower and Kevin Pritchard to the front of the search! Good times!
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Who do people prefer between Pritchard and Bower?
Based on what I have read, Pritchard seems to be the favourite around here. Both have good experience in the position but have very different styles and history. Here are there Basketball Reference Pages
This does not show extensions like Pritchards deal with Brandon Roy.
Pritchard had the wealth of Paul Allen behind him, which gave him the ability to push the limits a little bit more. His Reference page shows that on three separate times he either bought a draft pick or a player. Pritchard does have some good second round draft picks (Hightlights: Omar Asik, Joey Dorsey, Patrick Mills, Armon Johnson) but in 4 years he did have 19 draft picks to use.
Pritchard also made some quality trades:
- Cash for Rudy Fernandez and James Jones
- Turned Joey Dorsey into Nic Batum (three team trade)
Pritchard and BC also share the distinction that they each turned Jarrett Jack into Jerryd Bayless.
Bower on the other hand worked for a penny pinching owner. In 5 years he had 8 draft picks to work for and the highlights of his picks have been Julian Wright (we know how that worked out), Darren Collison, and Cole Aldrich.
- PJ Brown and JR Smith for Tyson Chandler
- Andrew Betts for Peja Stojakovic
- Jarvis Varnado for Marcus Thornton
- Tyson Chandler for Emeka Okafor
Pritchard seems to be stronger in drafting, and potentially analysis. But Bower has a stronger trade history.
But I would agree, help on free agent signings would be big for BC. The problem is that I don't particularly see this as a Pritchard strength either. Pritchard is great with advanced metrics/statistics, and has shown the ability to pull in some quality second round picks because of that. But what are his key free agent signings that would put him as a stronger candidate then Bower?
Especially if the new world order is a hard-cap or de facto hard cap. The rich teams will be using those saved salary monies to buy draft picks, stash players in Europe, beef up scouting and coaching departments, improve facilities, etc. Teams like Toronto will have to keep pace and be creative in doing so. Nothing in Bower's history suggests to me he is the type of creative thinker they need going forward.
I think Toronto will be alright though. BC has a solid track record on drafting. Also Toronto was 5th in revenue I believe. I think they will do very well in a hard cap or defacto hard cap environment. Toronto needs someone who can control Colangelo's contract offerings - I don't think Stefanski or Bower are that guy.
Am I the only one feeling that this process has been dragged out a little too long? Linsey pulled out a while ago. Now it sort of sounds like Stefanski may have as well. What's the problem here? Maybe the perception that Colangelo will be heavily hands on is bothering people?
Or that MLSE possibly has a finger in the decision making with senior hires like this?
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