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GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 4:35 pm
The Toronto Raptors have reportedly reached agreement on a contract extension with GM Bryan Colangelo. Posted by Ben Golliver. bryan-colangelo

UPDATE: The National Post reports that Colangelo says he has " agreed in principle" to a "multi-year" extension with the Toronto Raptors. The team has also officially announced the signing.

The Toronto Raptors were awful in the first year of the post-Chris Bosh era, but that's not stopping the team from locking up its top basketball executive. reports that Raptors president and GM Bryan Colangelo is about to receive a contract extension. 
The club’s president and general manager is closing in on a new multi-year deal to remain in charge of Toronto’s basketball operation, multiple NBA sources said Tuesday.

“It’s happening,” said one person with knowledge of the negotiations.
Colangelo, who previously worked for the Phoenix Suns, twice won the NBA's Executive of the Year award but has fallen on tougher times in recent years. 

The Raptors won just 22 games this season, missing the playoffs for the third straight season. Colangelo allowed Bosh to walk without receiving meaningful compensation in return and then had a hissy fit in the media, blasting Bosh for not playing through injury.
He also inked Andrea Bargnani to a big-dollar extension, a deal some have questioned due to Bargnani's weak rebounding and defense. 

Let's also not forget that Colangelo paid an exorbitant sum to sign Hedo Turkoglu in free agency and, after one failed season, quickly moved to undo that damage by shipping him to the Phoenix Suns.

His other big move this season was acquiring promising combo guard Jerryd Bayless, who continues to show flashes but probably isn't a franchise building block going forward. On the plus side, he has drafted two promising youngsters -- DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis -- but patience is a virtue in both cases.

Really, it's felt like Colangelo has been spinning his wheels for a few years now. With a weak draft this year, and three large contracts already on the books -- Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa -- Colangelo has his work cut out for him if he hopes to meaningfully improve this team next season.

Best of luck, Raptors fans.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:17 am

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker might be a decent pick at 5. For god sakes- don't pick any more overr hyped Europeans.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:13 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

Kentucky's Brandon Knight may be the best option here for the Raptors

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 8:59 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

I hear he is going to Sign Marc Gasol as a free agent and then move Bargnani to the PF position. But this depends on if he gets a PG in the draft and where he falls in the draft.  

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 8:09 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

Too many softies on this team...AKA-The Bargn-oodle. A center that gets 5 boards a game. 5! Sure..give him a raise, hell I need a raise there dummy.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:00 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

If Colangelo can get rid of Andrea Bargnani and Calderon I will have a new respect for him. Funny how Colangelo finally called Bargnani out at his end of the year press conference. I am sick of people who justify Bargnani's game by saying his scoring went up this year. Big deal all his other stats went down.

I agree the Raptors need a new coach or need to add a veteran player who is tough. Sick of the Raptors letting teams clown them or letting teams give hard fouls.

I am scared about the lottery tonight. If we don't get the 1st or 2nd pick I have a sick feeling that the Raptors will be picking another European player. Hopefully Colangelo has learned his lesson.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:34 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

 I agree with Jim... Triano is a great guy and a good basketball teacher, but he isn't a very good leader. He's not the type of leader this team needs anyway, he might be good with a veteran team but I see him as a fantastic assistant coach and that's the position they should have kept him in. The Raptors have been playing lazy, uninspired basketball and they need a coach who will light a fire under their ass... maybe an Avery Johnson type. I realize that Bargnani is a finesse player, but so is Dirk and he can still pull down boards when needed. Andrea needs to contribute some rebounds, he's 7 ft tall for christ sake. There are a few good pieces they`ve assembled, but they need a good, tough defensive minded bigman (like Dallas picked up Chandler to take the pressure off Dirk) and a player who can create. They need to have a good draft this year, but there doesn`t seem to be too many game chngers in this draft. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:18 pm

Report: GM Colangelo near extension with Raptors

This is a good move for Toronto. Colangelo is a good basketball man. He had a few decent moves on the go this off season including the trade that would have brought in Tyson Chandler but it was quashed by MJ. Raptor's season might have been better if it and other moves had gone through. He can't be faulted for the Bosh fiasco- it was new territory for all- the lesson learned is that stars that won't sign extensions- trade them to where they WILL sign extensions or you end up with nothing. The Carmelo trade was done from this lesson learned. Paul and Howard may be moved too if they are no closer to signing mid year. Colangelo now has the huge challenge that most superstars don't want to play there in spite of it being I think the 4th largest market and a great city.

Hopefully he has learned that Europe is not where you go to build a winner, Bargnani will never be a franchise player but might be a decent starter in the league; Calderon has never lived up to potential. If they can trade him for peanuts- do it!

Colangelo's greatest strength is when he makes a bad move he finds ways of recovering. Somehow he dumped Hedo- a seemingly untradable contract.

Next decision is coaching. I am Canadian and love Jay Triano as a fellow Canadian but I think these players need a new approach. Maybe someone who will flip out when they play without heart and do stupid things. Jay seemed patient and more of a teacher. Sometimes I think the hammer has to come down. When Bargnani goes through a game with raw eggs in his pocket without breaking and gets 2 rebounds someone should be screaming- it was a teachable moment in year 1: now it is simply not earning your 50 million dollar contract. Could you imagine Popovich coaching this guy? Bargnani would listen and play in fear of his coach killing him if he doesn't smarten up.

These "young" players are now 25ish. They are no longer rookies and 25 is the prime of their career. Potential no longer cuts it. Play well or sit.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:36 pm

Report: GM Colangelo near extension with Raptors

Yeah I have mixed feelings about this. Colangelo still shows his flashes of genius every now and then when he plucks guys like Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, Bayless, etc out of nothing basically. (I still love him for getting Kris Humphries for Rafael Araujo back in the day haha). But overall he's leading the team downhill with dopey signings and his affinity for European players that have no heart.

For the Raptors though - it's kind of like dating some insanely hot chick who's way out of your league but otherwise generally sucks. She's always spending all your money, getting you into fights - but you know you're probably never gonna do better sooooo.....

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