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It’s official, Colangelo out as Raptors GM, moves to business side

May 21, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

Dwayne Casey AP

Bryan Colangelo is still going to collect a paycheck from the Raptors.

But he’s not going to have sway over the basketball side of the operations — and that’s what matters most to Raptors fans.

Tim Leiweke, the new CEO of Raptors owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, confirmed previous reports Tuesday on a conference call — Colangelo will stay on as Raptors team president, however a new GM will be hired who will report directly to Leiweke.

Colangelo struggled with the Chris Bosh situation, and of late he struggled with having a real plan for the team — the Raptors have become a collection of players but with no real vision from the top as to what kind of team they wanted to build.

Leiweke said the search is on for a new GM. There are reports they are about to make a very large offer ($2 million a year) to Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to take over the organization. His contract is up in Denver and while the Nuggets want to keep him they are going to have to up what they pay him considerably (reportedly the Toronto offer is four times what he made last year).

Whoever is the new GM, Leiweke said that person will make the decision on the future of coach Dwane Casey.

  1. mogogo1 - May 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Funny how quickly things can change. It was a major coup for Toronto to get him, as he was viewed at the time as one of the finest GMs in the league. He brought Nash to Phoenix and drafted Amare and Marion. His strengths were largely seen to be on the player side of things. Now, Toronto only wants him working on the business side of things.

  2. 4thquartermagic - May 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Stay away from Masai!

    Toronto is a dumpster fire, nobody wants to play there and they always win just enough to miss out on a top 2 pick.

  3. adoombray - May 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    So basically Toronto didn’t want to pay whatever was in his contract to fire him, so they’re benching him for a year with a token title (if the new GM doesn’t report to him, then yes, it’s a token title) and if/when he find works elsewhere he’ll “retire from the business side” ?

  4. rajbais - May 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Let the guy go.

    If he hurt your team for so long his voice should no longer be heard.

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