It was quiet news next to the announcement that Will Smith would be joining the Sixers' ownership group after the completion of the sale, but Ed Stefanski was finally, mercifully sent on his way at last week's press conference to announce the sale of the team to Joshua Harris was complete. Stefanski had randomly popped up on the radar for several GM jobs including the Raptors and Blazers, prompting speculation that he indeed was not part of the new regime's plans.
But Stefanski has landed on his feet, according to Yahoo! Sports via Twitter:
Toronto is finalizing an agreement with Ed Stefanski to become Raptors Exec. VP of Basketball Operations, league sources tell Y!via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA: Toronto is finalizing an a ....
Stefanski replaces Masai Ujiri who left over a year ago so he could put up with nine months of insane Melo nonsense. Stefanski will work under President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo, who still pulls the strings. There have been rumors that Colangelo's power was being undermined by ownership, and Stefanski's arrival could be a forced move from his higher ups. But Colangelo has enough tenure and reputation to bat down any such insinuations, and most likely just needed a No.2 man.
Stefanski had mixed results in Philadelphia. Inconsistent teams that made the playoffs some years and didn't others, the confusing draft approach and the general lack of boldness in the approach to team building. In reality, the team isn't much different from where he took over. He did build a solid defensive squad, however, something the Raptors are very much trying to do with the addition of new head coach Dwane Casey.