Monday March 28 2011 - 2:32pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
MLSE’s “ONE 4 ONE” event goes at Real Sports this evening … but there is certainly bigger news in Raptorland following Toronto’s 1-4 west coast road trip.
Mitch Lawrence – fine NBA writer for the NY Daily News – reported this on the weekend:
“Despite Toronto losing Chris Bosh and making little progress this season, team president Bryan Colangelo is returning to run the team, according the several league sources. That could be good news for D’Antoni, whose offense has been a bad fit for Anthony. D’Antoni, who worked under Colangelo in Phoenix, might be out of a job if Walsh leaves the Knicks at season’s end. For now, the Raptors plan to bring back coach Jay Triano, despite their awful season. But if D’Antoni becomes available, Triano could be jettisoned. Whether it’s D’Antoni or Triano, the Raptors want to build around rookie big-man Ed Davis and second-year guard DeMar DeRozan. They’re said to be open to moving Andrea Bargnani, who has been anything but an impact player since entering the league in 2007 as the No. 1 overall pick …”
This Colangelo saga — the President/General Manager who has a contract that expires on June 30 — is something that has been addressed a lot in this space in various VLOGS and blogs as well as Raptors’ pre-game shows … and the broadcast itself too!
Most of the latest ‘talk’ has stemmed from a Dave Feschuk article/column in the Toronto Star a couple of weeks ago that stated Glen Silvestri from the Teachers Pension Fund is allegedly holding up a potential new deal for BC.
From everyone I’ve talked to today … Colangelo has NOT be re-signed.
So, with due respect to the Daily News, the story is not accurate. Not yet.
I know and like Lawrence … so I don’t say this disparagingly … but perhaps his sources led him to believe that a contract extension will (eventually) happen or that it’s likely to happen but it’s not done yet. According to all of the folks I (and Jonesy) have spoken to no extension has been offered yet … let alone signed.
According to my sources (and this has all been talked about in this space and on the air already) … the Feschuk article is still the most accurate depiction of what is happening. It basically goes something like this:
Larry Tanenbaum (and Richard Peddie?) wants BC back. The Teachers aren’t so sure. Silvestri especially. And because of the votes the Teachers have on the board … if they truly want to hold back on re-signing Colangelo, they can. At the very least … they can make it difficult for Larry (and Richard?).
Further to that … it should be obvious that the talk of Jay Triano leaving and Mike D’Antoni coming in is very premature. Not only is D’Antoni under contract with the NY Knicks right now (and next season) but Triano’s status will be determined by the GM in Toronto — whoever that may be! And if’s it’s NOT Bryan Colangelo, one would have to assume that a new general manager MAY want to hire his own guy.
IF D’Antoni is fired in New York and IF Colangelo is brought back there MAY be something to talk about. But for now … those are A LOT of IFs.
On top of all of this … the Teachers are trying to sell-off their ownership in MLSE. So that muddies the waters … big time!
1. You’ve got a GM – Colangelo – whose contract expires on June 30.
2. His new contract – if it’s coming – is being held up by an ownership group (the Teachers) that may not even be the owners when June 30 rolls around!
3. But if the Teachers are around still … they apparently don’t want the current GM.
4. However, will the other owner(s) — i.e. Tanenbaum — allow an out-going ownership group to control who the future GM/Pres. of the organization will be!?
And oh by the way … there’s a lockout (potentially) coming too!
With all of this going on, again, it’s premature to say that Colangelo has been re-signed. He hasn’t. Not yet. And this story could continue for many weeks (months?) ahead.
Have a good one folks.