Toronto Raptors May Fire Bryan Colangelo As GM; Return In Different Role

Apr 1, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; The Toronto Raptors decal at center court before their game against the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Wizards 99-92. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors apparently don’t want Bryan Colangelo to be the general manager of their franchise any longer, but, they don’t exactly want to lose the former Executive of the Year either.

According to everybody’s favorite NBA scribe Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors have been in discussions with Colangelo all weekend to “return in a significant capacity”, even though he’s yet to actually be officially fired from his general manager and President roles:

Per Wojo:

The MLSE had been negotiating with Raptors president Bryan Colangelo over weekend on a return in a “significant” capacity, sources tell Y!

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment have been rumored to be desiring Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri as Colangelo’s replacement, assuming he is fired. If MLSE are able to hire Ujiri, it would be his second stop in Toronto as he worked for the Raptors prior to becoming the Nuggets general manager.

If the Raptors do indeed fire Colangelo and are unable to sway Ujiri back to Toronto, other candidates named include current Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard.

Colangelo, who has been at the helm since 2006, has lead the Raptors to the playoffs two times during his tenure in Toronto.

Update:

Sources: Bryan Colangelo to remain at MLSE in “corporate” role — non basketball — as search continues for head of organization.

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