Tag:Bryan Colangelo
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:58 am
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Report: Stefanski to join Raptors, finally

By Matt Moore

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.
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Report: Raptors putting together GM shortlist



Posted by Matt Moore


The Raptors gave President of Basketball Ops (PBO) Bryan Colangelo an extension. They've hired their new coach, Dwane Casey. Now they're targeting a GM. Though Colangelo has every intention of staying at the top of the decision-making tree, he's looking for a general manager to handle some of the work. Yahoo! reports on some of the candidates on the shortlist: 
Former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower, Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey are three focuses of the franchise to work under Toronto president Bryan Colangelo, sources said.

No formal interviews have been conducted, sources said, but Colangelo has started the process of getting permission from teams to talk to candidates. It may not be until August that Colangelo starts formal interviews for the job.
via Raptors look at GM candidates - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Stefanski is an interesting inclusion because it serves as an indication that the relationship between Stefanski and PBO Rod Thorn for the Sixers may not be as smooth as it was initially believed to be when Thorn joined the Sixers last year. If the Raptors believe Stefanski's available, especially for what is essentially a toothless position, it calls into question where Stefanski sits in the Sixers organization. 

Lindsey is part of the Buford-Popovich tree and therefore difficult to argue against. Bower is another interesting case because of the politics and history behind his departure from New Orleans. Bower made some brilliant moves in New Orleans, but also chose too many veteran long contracts. Being associated with a team that wound up having to be bought by the league isn't great, either. 

It'll be important to watch how the relationship between the new GM and Colangelo is managed. Colangelo will be fighting to keep power, but if this is a directive from Raptors ownership as part of his extension, it could be a dynamic relationship with complicated effects. 

Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:34 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 5:29 am
 

Five GMs who face big dilemmas on draft night

Posted by Matt Moore

It's passed over because we're so far removed from it and because that's not how the machine works, but stop for a second and consider what it's like to be a general manager who actually has control, whose owner trusts him. It's draft night. The future of your franchise rests with you. A pick gone wrong and that can mean a pink slip. Questions from the media, from the fans. You've got to somehow not only see what these kids, and they are kids, have done, but what they will do. And that's not just on the floor, it's in the locker room and outside the halls of the arena.

You've got to look into a kid's soul and see what he's made of, out of basically a handful of workouts, some measurements, and maybe a psych profile, if he consents. And it's not a simple "yes or no," you have to choose someone. You've got hundreds of options, a dozen or so serious options, and you've got to hit the right one. Miss, and it's a black mark on your career that may follow you forever. And no matter how many people you bring in, no matter how much consultation is done in advance, at the end of the night, when it's time to make the call, it's got to be your say. You have to make the decision.

And we think shooting free throws is tough.

With that in mind, here are the top five GMs/front offices facing the toughest decisions of the draft.

1. David Kahn, GM, Minnesota Timberwolves: He can't miss every time, right? After drafting Jonny Flynn to go with Ricky Rubio, who didn't come over, essentially going 0-2 on viable point guard options until this season, then following it up by passing on DeMarcus Cousins and others to reach for Wes Johnson, the Wolves could really use a home run. So naturally Kahn is trying to trade this pick like there's no tomorrow. They've reached out to everyone, and so far no one is biting. So if they keep the pick, the Wolves have to decide whether to take the best talent available, Derrick Williams, even though he creates a logjam at small forward/combo forward position for them, or roll the dice on Enes Kanter. You know, because what they don't have is enough Euro centers with upside.

Kahn's in a bad spot, having to try and hit a home run to save his job by bringing in a veteran star. He announced at the end of last season that "rebuilding is over" for the Wolves, which is pretty insane for a 17-win team. He can't wait to see if Williams will be an impact guy, he needs one now. If he does have to take the pick, Williams is the best overall talent, but that doesn't jive with what he did throughout the past calendar year, bringing in Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph. It's a significant problem and not one you should envy. Even if the Cavs were to suddenly pass on Kyrie Irving for Williams, the Wolves still couldn't take Irving because of Rubio.

In the end, the Euro teen center who hasn't played in two years is the safe option. That's how tricky the Wolves' position is.

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2. Bryan Colangelo, GM, Toronto Raptors: There's talk that Bryan Colangelo is under pressure, even after his contract extension, from above to stay away from a Euro. This is the kind of thing that happens when you draft Andrea Bargnani and then give him a bajillion dollars in extension. In doing so he's managed to create a problem because the best talent and fit at the No.5 spot is likely to be a Euro.

The Raptors need rebounding and size, and Jonas Valanciunas provides both. Sure, the big man is not coming over till 2012, but the Raptors also aren't going anwywhere until then. Another year of letting DeMar DeRozan, Jerryd Bayless, and Amir Johnson lead the team while trying to find somewhere to ditch Bargnani to isn't a bad option. Then when Valanciunas comes over, they'll have another high pick, and worst case scenario the ability to put Bargnani next to Valanciunas with Amir Johnson at the three for defensive coverage of Bargnani's limitations in space.

If not "Choonus" (as no one besides me is calling him), Jan Vesely is a great fit here. An explosive combo forward who won't need the ball and whose limitations in ball handling will be managed by low usage, Vesely brings size, athleticism and aggressiveness. A DeRozan-Vesely-Johnson 2-3-4 combo is just plain nasty.

But Colangelo may not be able to take either of those and may instead have to reach for... Kemba Walker. If the Utah Jazz aren't too spooked by Brandon Knight's attitude, Walker will be the best known-American talent in the draft at that point, and finding a replacement for Jose Calderon will be seen as a smart pick. No one will criticize them for taking Walker, despite Walker not being the type of defender Dwane Casey's going to want to work with and the fact that he's honestly a reach here. Not much of one, but a reach.

So does Colangelo take the Best Player Available or the Most Popular Available? That's the kind of thing impacted by your previous decisions which come back to haunt you.

3. Geoff Petrie, President of Basketball Operations, Sacramento Kings: This should be easy. There's a good chance either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker falls this far, despite the above scenario. They take that guy, they're good. But for whatever reason, the Kings are still trying to figure out what to do with their backcourt.

Alec Burks has become the hot name to take but he's not a point guard in any way shape or form. He becomes redundant next to Marcus Thornton, even if Tyreke Evans stays at point guard. Jimmer Fredette is too much of a reach.

Kawhi Leonard is the safest pick possible, filling a need at small forward, a polished player who can defend, and leaving the backcourt questions out of the equation. But he may go higher. The Kings are in a danger zone that guarantees their options will be limited, but the decison tree is complicated by the wishes of the Maloofs. Fredette brings ticket sales, that's for sure, but he's going to be an awkward fit with both Evans and Thornton needing shots. What's going to win out, making money or the right decision? Let's just say we don't have high hopes for the voices of reason.

4. John Hammond, GM, Milwaukee Bucks: Hammond's got a lot of holes to fill and is just outside the ability to fill them in the draft. Meanwhile, he's trying to move down. Move down and not make an improvement, the team could slide even further backwards. Make the wrong pick and he's wasted all that opportunity. Power forwards are abundant at the No. 10 spot for Milwaukee, but Hammond's got Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Jon Brockman,and Ersan Ilyasova (who he's reportedly trying desperately to trade). So that's not really viable. He sunk a huge portion of cash into John Salmons which didn't work out, so while drafting a shooting guard sounds like the right move, it comes with usage concerns.

Popular players like Fredette are there, but with Jennings it may only exacerbate a tense situation. And the other option is a fleet of talented but wholly incomplete combo forwards without a decent lock among them. All are long-term prospects, none are sure things. And that's relative to the entire draft process which is a crapshoot.

The Bucks have been active in trade rumors but are trying to find an identity. They seemed like they'd stocked their team with athletic, relatively young players and yet don't seem to have the right combination. The 10th pick doesn't provide them many answers and may leave them eying simply a chance to move out of the spotlight.

5. Daryl Morey, GM, Houston Rockets: No team with a real chance of competing needed a lottery win like the Rockets. With Yao Ming a huge seven-foot question mark and failed attempt after failed attempt at securing a star, they need a big name to put next to the versatile complimentary talent they have. But instead here they are with two picks that help them almost not at all.

Their options are a series of athletic threes and undersized fours (the Morris twins, Jordan Hamilton, maybe Tristan Thompson), when they already have Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson, Chase Budinger, and Jordan Hill to go with Chuck Hayes. Their only real need is at five, and Valanciunas is almost guaranteed to be off the board. With Motiejunas more of a stretch four than a real five considering his defense and effort problems, there's simply not a fit here. Marcus Morris is the most surefire player available here, and he comes with huge question marks and a limited upside.

Morey is charged with somehow turning these elements into a contender, despite the best "star" on the market being Andre Iguodala, which would be like adding a Swiss army knife when you need a broadsword. His second pick in the first round leaves him only with the exciting possibility of drafting a Euro center who won't be available for several years, or a player like Jeremy Tyler who would likely spend at least a year with the Rockets' D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Morey's been considered a genius and a math wizard for years in this league. With the team stangnated and no help available in free agency or trade, the draft looks like his last chance to pull a rabbit out of a hat. And right now, the hat looks awful empty.


Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to hire Dwane Casey as the team's next coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly settled on their new head coach just days before the 2011 NBA Draft.

On Friday, we noted that Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey had reportedly established himself as the favorite to coach the Raptors.

On Monday, ESPN.com reported that the Raptors and Casey have "reached an agreement in principle." The Toronto Star and the Dallas Morning News both reported that Casey could be introduced as the team's next head coach as early as Tuesday.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirms that the Raptors and Casey have reached an agreement in principle.

Casey's only head coaching experience came with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, when he went 53-69. He has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

In Toronto, Casey inherits a mish-mashed roster with young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. He will replace former Raptors coach Jay Triano, who was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

The timing of Casey's hire means he will likely have input on who the Raptors select with the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday's draft. He is known for preaching defense, so players like Kawhi Leonard and Bismack Biyombo could get a bump in Toronto's eyes.

Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was also reportedly a finalist for the Raptors head coaching position.
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:06 am
 

Report: Dwane Casey is favorite to coach Raptors

Dwane Casey is reportedly the favorite to coach the Toronto Raptors. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Until now?

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

Casey's luck could change in the near future. ESPN.com reports that Casey could be at the front of the line to take over as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged as the clear favorite for Raptors' job and is on course to be hired next week. Raps had narrowed search to Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank but have zeroed in on Casey after interviewing both men this week.
Former Raptors coach Jay Triano was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

According to recent odds from Bodog.com, the Raptors have the worst chance to win the 2012 NBA title in the entire league at 150:1 odds. Poaching from the coaching staff of the 2011 champions, then, makes a lot of sense. 

Going from first to worst would seem like a rough transition, but Casey has dealt with struggling teams in the past. His only head coaching experience came in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he went 53-69. 

In Toronto, Casey would inherit a mish-mashed roster with some young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. With young pieces like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless and whoever the team takes with the No. 5 pick in next week's draft, though, the Raptors have potential. A solid, smart, dedicated coach with a ring could help accelerate that ascent.
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:08 am
 

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

Posted by Matt Moore

Unexpected news is the course of the day on a quiet Finals off day, it would seem. The Raptors and GM Bryan Colangelo announced in a conference call on Wednesday that head coach Jay Triano's option would not be picked up for 2011-2012 but that he would remain with the team as a "special assistant/consultant" to the GM. 

Colangelo was just given a gratuitous extension after several years of failed building around Chris Bosh and an equally difficult rebuilding year in the first post-CB4 season. Triano was thought to be a quality person under bad conditions trying to win with a flawed roster. But the defensive struggles of the Raptors reflected more than the lack of quality defensive personnel Colangelo had assembled. Speculation is that this may have been part of the terms of Colangelo's extension, along with a move more toward traditional NBA rosters and away from the Euro approach Colangelo has opted for, building around Andrea Bargnani. Additionally, Triano's record of 87-142 was nothing to write home about. If so, Triano is at once a scapegoat and lucky to be retained, if that makes any sense. 

With Triano out, late in the coaching search season, the Raptors will likely try and pick up one of the quality coaches on the market. Rick Adelman makes a lot of sense, as he does everywhere, but Adelman has indicated he wants to pursue more of a managerial role, something impossible with Colangelo in charge. 

We'll have more news on the release of Jay Triano as head coach soon.

Here's the release.  

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo announced Wednesday the club will not exercise its option on head coach Jay Triano for the 2011-12 season. Triano will be retained as a consultant to the basketball team as a special assistant to the president and general manager.

The search for a new head coach will commence immediately. There is no definitive timetable for the completion of the search process.

“I have great respect for Jay Triano both as a person and as a basketball mind,” said Colangelo. “Jay deserves tremendous credit for developing our young players this past season and our most recent win-loss record does not appropriately reflect his many positive contributions to this organization.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but after almost three full seasons of observation and evaluation I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years.

“I am very pleased that Jay has agreed to stay on and help see through the plan that we have designed and initiated together.”

“I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to be a head coach in the NBA,” said Triano. “I am proud of the work that I and the coaching staff have done with our young players and feel confident we have laid the foundation for a team that will continue to improve. I look forward in assisting Bryan to deliver a championship team to Toronto.”
Triano was promoted to head coach and signed to a three-year contract May 11, 2009. He finished with an 87-142 record (.380).
Triano served as an assistant to three coaches before being named interim head coach December 3, 2008 following the dismissal of Sam Mitchell.
A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Triano became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he joined Lenny Wilkens’ staff for the 2002-03 season. 

Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 4:35 pm
 

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

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.

TheStar.com 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.
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Pistons, Wolves waiting on coaches, Raps on GM

Posted by Royce Young

The regular season is over, so you know what that means? Yes, the playoffs are coming, but it also means coaches are about to get fired. Two that definitely have their head at least near the chopping block are John Kuester (Pistons) and Kurt Rambis (Timberwolves). But it doesn't sound like anything is imminent, tweets Ken Berger.

"Sources say Minny (Rambis) and Detroit (Kuester) will wait before making decisions." Berger also says the Pistons have been "paralyzed" by ownership transfer. The Wolves are holding with owner Glen Taylor in New York for owner's meetings.

Berger noted yesterday that both Kuester and Rambis are likely to be fired, according to multiple sources. Berger wrote, "Kuester's firing is widely believed to be a foregone conclusion, though a source said there is "no timetable for anything" the organization is doing due to the pending ownership change. Rambis' tenuous situation did not get any help from GM David Kahn on Wednesday."

Also mentioned in there is that Rick Adelman's future is up in the air in Houston. Which is pretty crazy but understandable as the Rockets try and transition both their roster and staff moving ahead. Adelman's contract is up after this season so it'll just come down to an evaluation by Daryl Morey and the front office.  

Berger also says the Raptors are "unchanged for now" on the status of general manager Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo's contract expires June 30, along with coach Jay Triano. The Raptors are in a serious rebuilding situation and Colangelo might not have the opportunity to work on it.
 
 
 
 
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