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Report: Raptors expected to pick up option on GM Colangelo

May 12, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

Dwayne Casey AP

It’s been fun to speculate about whether Phil Jackson would take over as the head guy in the Toronto front office. Jackson has ties to the new man overseeing the Raptors organization (and the Maple Leafs), Tim Leiweke, who was a force in Los Angeles sports before. Leiweke said he wants to have a conversation with the guy with 11 rings, but Jackson has ties to the Seattle group trying to buy the Kings and he is waiting for that drama to play out.

So early this week expect the Raptors to just decide to keep Bryan Colangelo around another year as GM. That according to the Toronto Sun.

There are those who believe a decision will be made official by as early Monday.

Unofficially, Colangelo’s option year is expected to be picked up, a route many in basketball circles had anticipated in the days leading up to the Raptors’ season finale.

That would mean you could expect Dwane Casey back as the Raptors coach.

Colangelo made it abundantly clear in his media availability following the Raptors’ season that Dwane Casey would be back, assuming Colangelo would be back.

The franchise has seemed like a rudderless collection of talent — even when they get good players there is a question of fit. Like how DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay really fit together… unless you’re a fan of inefficient slashers.

I haven’t seen a vision, and the defensive foundation Casey had seemed to put in place his first year crumbled amid rumors of poor communication with players.

Colangelo has had his chance. But without a replacement lined up it looks like he will get one more year.

  1. bucrightoff - May 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Good, suck really badly this year with Collangelo and Casey and boom Andrew Wiggins is a Raptor. Great strategy.

  2. goodfellas17 - May 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    It’s the coach’s fault when they are down in the first half and there are no half-time adjustments. It’s the players’ fault when they don’t execute, miss shoots, poor passes, don’t work hard to rebound, don’t keep emotions in check, make silly fouls, etc. Toronto would be stupid to fire Coach Casey. Owners and GM’s make personnel decisions. Get Casey some high quality, hard nosed players with the desire to win. And win they will!

    The problem might be many players don’t want to deal with the out of country financial/residential challenges.

  3. charlutes - May 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I’m in agreement with bucrightoff

  4. brotherlove2012 - May 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Yeah, Wiggins would too good to be true for the Craptors … You can count on them to ruin this up by finishing second in the lottery … They’re so bad as an organization they would be unable to finish last even if they wanted to.

  5. goodfellas17 - May 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Casey is a solid coach. If you don’t get right players you don’t win….period. Owner must be committed to winning and GM must go get the players. Those who blame a coach for personnel simply have no clue how the NBA business model works. No major free agents want to reside in another country either. Very challenging for family and friends to simply visit.

    • badintent - May 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      You’re right about Casey.
      Nexus eye scan pass makes it easy to visit Canada. Worth the $250 for 5 years

  6. brotherlove2012 - May 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    With the talented players who have started coming out of Canada since the last couple of years (Wiggins and Bennett come to mind) it will become important for them to draft these players … The draft is the only way for them …

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