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Report: Raptors to move Colangelo to business side, get new GM

May 20, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto Reuters

Bryan Colangelo is still going to be with the Toronto Raptors.

But he is going to be on the other side of the building (at least metaphorically).

By today the Raptors had to come to a decision on picking up Colangelo’s option as the franchise’s general manager and decision maker. And he is out in that role but not out of Raptors, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

We’ve already told you that the Raptors are making a big money run at Ujiri, whose contract is up in Denver. The Nuggets want to keep him but are not known as an organization that throws a lot of money around in the front office. Plus, Josh Kronke has the ultimate power there (and has handled it well), would Ujiri have (and want) more freedom in Toronto?

Whether they land Ujiri or not, this is good news for the Raptors — Colangelo had his chance and has seemingly had no grand vision or plan. The new GM will have some nice pieces — DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valančiūnas and Rudy Gay — that don’t always fit well together. The first need is to come up with some kind of vision.

Also, this is not good news for coach Dwane Casey’s long-term job prospects.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Stay away from Masai!

    We need him in Denver

  2. fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Denver was knocked out in the first round again.
    Raptors, well they suck.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - May 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Meanwhile the Knicks, who assembled their roster specifically to beat the Heat(according to their fans), did just that as they-

      Oh wait, you guys never got that far because your roster is built around isolation and less ball movement than Steve Carrell in The 40 Year Old Virgin.

      Oh and btw, the Raptors average record since 2000 is 34-46. Not very good, but then again neither is New York’s average record of 35-45. Looks like we’re both in the same boat, buddy. Except for that one minor caveat that your team is old and the Raptors are young and improving, but you know, no reason to let the facts get in the way.

  3. brotherlove2012 - May 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    You can count on Toronto to turn a perfectly good GM into a moron. I give him a couple of years, at most, before they replace him because it didn’t work. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Raptors are a mess as an organization, just like e Maple Leafs, they are cursed …

  4. mazblast - May 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Moving Colangelo away from the basketball side is a step in the right direction no matter who gets hired to be GM. A magic 8-ball is better than Colangelo when it comes to assembling a roster.

  5. moneymike23 - May 20, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Unbelievable what nepotism can do for you. This guy has been an absolute disaster but the ownership group is so in love they just can’t let him go. I wish they put this guys record in the article after taking over the team. Atleast he isn’t making front office decisions any more.

  6. Chris Ross - May 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    It’s about freaking time. Colangelo has been around far too long. Glad Leiweke didn’t pick up his option to give him one more year to mess things up even more for the raptors.

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