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Report: Bryan Colangelo ‘a leading candidate to run the Detroit Pistons’

Apr 30, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

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The Toronto Raptors earned the No. 3 seed with five starters Bryan Colangelo acquired and a head coach Colangelo hired. All five of the starters have contracts favorable to the team, and Dwane Casey finished fifth in Coach of the Year voting.

Is it time to re-think Colangelo’s tenure as Raptors’ general manager?

The Detroit Pistons are reportedly taking a closer look.

Michael Grange of SportsNet:

After a year on hiatus multiple NBA sources have told Sportsnet that he’s close to joining the fray again and is a leading candidate to run the Detroit Pistons.

First, I wouldn’t read too much into the words “leading candidate.” Quite possibly, that description comes across as stronger than intended. The Pistons’ search is expected to be lengthy, and I wouldn’t rush to call any candidate who hasn’t even been reported to interview – especially when the source is someone who has identified only one candidate – leading.

As for Colangelo himself, ehhh.

He has strong front-office experience, but he’s also already had a chance as a general manager and – even if hindsight treats his record kindly – didn’t exactly excel. Colangelo acquired all five Raptors’ starters, but he also traded for Rudy Gay and drafted and extended Andrea Bargnani. If Masai Ujiri hadn’t cleaned up those mistakes, the Raptors wouldn’t be where they are now.

How much credit does Colangelo get for acquiring Terrence Ross, a Toronto starter, when Colangelo could have drafted Andre Drummond instead? How much credit does Colangelo get for signing DeMar DeRozan to if DeRozan never would have been an All-Star with Gay around?

Colangelo made some good moves, because he made a lot of moves. His record on the whole is not great.

He probably warrants a look by the Pistons in their wide search, but the onus would be heavy on Colangelo to persuade them he’s not the uninspiring choice he appears to be.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Off topic but…

    Why do people continue to love Durant sooooo much??? I don’t know understand why everyone has a man crush for Durant… He been awful for TWO STRAIGHT POSTSEASON! He admitted that T. Allen is getting into his head… Really “MVP” honestly can’t stand Durant. This dude had bunch of talent since day one of his career. Stop making excuses.

    • cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Ps: I wasn’t talking about his “talents” I meant his supporting cast. Durant is just a tall skinny dude that shoots threes. He’s too scared to post up, he’s not a true MVP.

      • prokilla - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni Resigns !!!

        dafuq??? there’s a god after all,,,

      • bougin89 - May 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        “Durant is just a tall skinny dude that shoots threes”

        Congrats, you win the dumbest comment of the season!

    • bougin89 - May 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I’m not sure what’s going on here. Are you done mocking Cantonbound? Either way you’re not doing yourself any favors.

  2. sellahh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    They don’t ever learn, do they? Raps fans must be laughing their ***** off right now.
    Hey, who hires Joe Dumars? Mike Woodson?

    • cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Kevin Durant would fit nicely with the Pistons. They hire GMs and head coaches who can’t handle the pressure of winning. Hmmm sounds like Durant type of team.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        You’ve been losing money betting on the Thunder this post-season haven’t you?

        That’s what that sounds like to me lol

  3. cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Kevin Durant is a disgrace. Only four superstars in the NBA: LeBron, Kobe, Wade, and Duncan. They are proven champions and don’t lose in the 1st round of the playoffs. Durant is afraid of Tony Allen, really “MVP?” Don’t get me wrong Allen is a tremendous defender but really Durant? Going to blame Joey Crawford really? How about just making the shot still? How about making the last shot? New nickname for Durant: Decoy.

    • cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      The Thunder still has a chance of winning the series, but Reggie Jackson is going to have to carry Durant again. “I’m tired of being second” … Well at this point you’re not even a top 5 player in the NBA.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      “Only four superstars in the NBA: LeBron, Kobe, Wade, and Duncan. They are proven champions and don’t lose in the 1st round of the playoffs”

      Everybody on that list except LeBron has lost multiple times in round 1 of the playoffs.
      Kobe in 2006 and 2007.
      Wade in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
      Duncan in 2009 and 2011.

      But since you only started following basketball in 2010 when the Heat’s Big 3 came together, it makes sense that you wouldn’t know that.

    • mortalkondek - May 1, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Will you STFU about KD already? This piece isn’t even about him.

  4. cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Durant = Decoy

  5. anonymous135 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    how is KD a part of the discussion at hand?!?!

    re: GM.. why? He held Toronto back as mentioned, and team USA is a no brainer…

    • cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      KD = King Decoy

  6. bucrightoff - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Credit for the drafting of DeRozan and then signing him to a cheap deal ($9.5 million a year till 2016), the Amir signing, drafting Valanciunas and the Lowry trade…

    All cancelled out by selcting Bargnani over Aldridge (and then giving Andrea a horrible deal), giving Turkoglu a really horrible deal, trading for Rudy’s horrible contract and losing Bosh for nothing.

    • bkbell3 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      DeRozan’s shooting % has gone down every year he has been in the league

  7. weaselpuppy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Not a big fan of this….he’s Rick Sund 2.0….urgh.

  8. charlutes - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    I’m from Toronto and this is really well put. You nailed it as far as his track record here. Shaky at best overall for the reasons you listed. I’ll say this, he was good at pulling off trades when we needed to shed contracts. Brought over Lowry and drafted big V. So overall he had some redeeming qualities. The transition to Masai was perfect. Love how he kept Casey and now we are well on our way to a Larry O’Brien trophy. Go Raps Go!

  9. 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I feel like any one of the usual customers that come here daily with very basic NBA knowledge can run the Pistons better. smh

    • bougin89 - May 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      It really is quite sad how the Pistons are run. Shocking, really. Oh, and congrats on D’Antoni resigning. That might be the best thing that could have happened to the Lakers this offseason.

  10. spursareold - May 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Dear lord…

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