For a number of months, the word has been that Colangelo, the Raptors president and general manager, was considering, if the right candidate came along, dropping the GM portion of his portfolio – at least in title – and handing it to somebody else.
That wouldn’t mean the new addition would have final say though. While a fan of a consensus, brainstorming approach, Colangelo has always been an executive who gets the final word and that would not change.
But with the Maple Leafs building up a front office group around Brian Burke that is the envy of the NHL, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. appears set to see the Raptors follow suit.
Whether they made that a condition when they re-upped Colangelo for two years with an option or whether it was his call is unclear at this point.
Maurizio Gherardini, formerly the assistant GM to Colangelo and currently senior vice-president of basketball operations has been extended through the 2011-12 season, though his role, like the rest of the current staff’s, could be shuffled if a GM is brought in.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Colangelo is hoping to interview San Antonio vice president/assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Philadelphia GM Ed Stefanski and former New Orleans GM Jeff Bower.
move BC up the chain as much as he can go. Leave management of the raps to better people who can do a better job. Hire a new GM who wont be BC's puppet. Hire a big name guy whose not going to bend over for BC.
Dennis Lindsey would be my choice if only for the fact that he worked for the Spurs, a team with a very good front office.
I totally agree.
I mean we as fans know little about assistant GM's and who did what exactly. Whenever I pushed for Colangelo to get fired, I always said to raid one of the better front offices in the league like the Spurs and offer one of the people there a promotion to a GM spot.
Like bada said, hopefully Colangelo moves up high enough where he has nothing to do with the composition of the roster other than having a say on how much money the team can spend (if there is no hard cap).