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Raptors Bryan Colangelo steps down as team president, will be consultant

Jun 26, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

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

It seemed a little awkward from the start — long time Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo was pushed aside to make way for young hot shot Masai Ujiri. New management at the top of the Raptors gave Ujiri all the power, so Colangelo moved to the business side of the operation as team president. With no say about basketball.

That didn’t last long.

The Raptors announced Wednesday that Colangelo is stepping down as team president and will serve as a consultant to the franchise.

“Having had a better chance to reflect on things for the past several weeks, I have concluded that stepping away from my position is the best course of action for the organization and everyone involved,” Colangelo said in a released statement.

This doesn’t really mean much on the court — this was already Ujiri’s team build as he saw fit. All this does in remove a shadow over him. And not a very long shadow at that.

There was some buzz that Colangelo and new Raptors CEO Tim Leiweke were butting heads, but again Leiweke had all the power and Colangelo was just window dressing. Now he can do whatever it is that consultants do.

  1. adoombray - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    So Colangelo decided to get paid out the remainder of his contract and stays within the org under a glorified non-compete clause basically?

    Is there ANY chance we could get him to talk his pops into buying back the Suns? please? pretty please? Us Suns fans would probably crowdfund the estate tax to get the team away from Sarver.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    What? How are the Raptors going to know which bad shooting SGs to offer large contracts to in free agency now?!

    • spursareold - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      True dat. It’s apalling to me that Colangelo TWICE won the NBA exec of the year award, and RC Buford’s never won it.

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