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Old 04-12-2011, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MLSE looking dysfunctional

I would say give him a 3yr deal with the final year being a team option. Two more seasons would give him enough time to get this turned around or not?

So take heart, fans: Sneaker orders, laundry stains, reservations at the Ritz-Carlton — they’re all in expert hands. And as for the draft, free agency, the groundwork of the off-season trade that will find Andrea Bargnani a new home (or so frustrated supporters can only hope) — who’ll exactly be in charge of all those matters is a trickier question that prompts “they’re-mucking-it-up-again” chuckles around the league. Colangelo, who refused comment on his contractual status, is proceeding the only way he can: As though he’ll be around beyond this season, even though he can’t say he will be.

“Looks dysfunctional,” is the way one rival NBA executive assessed Toronto’s current state of affairs.

“Cruel,” is how another NBA source termed it. Indeed, with the possibility of a lockout looming this summer, this figures to be a difficult off-season for out-of-work executives and coaches and scouts.
There are solid arguments for and against keeping Colangelo, and there’s something to be said for the fact that, with the NBA playoff tournament set to begin without a Canadian entrant for the third straight spring, the GM’s extension hasn’t been promptly rubber-stamped by an ownership group with a reputation for not paying enough attention to its sporting products. Still, if the pension plan was seriously considering cutting loose the GM, it should have begun seeking his replacement long ago. Sources say there is no such search in progress. And considering a critical draft looms in little more than two months, there’s a common-sense escape to the current morass.

Offering Colangelo a short-term extension — say, a two-year deal that’s only partially guaranteed — would be a logical course. In some ways it would be a humbling dose of reality for Colangelo to digest; it would be a prove-it-to-us contract for an NBA GM with two decades of experience who has twice been named the league’s executive of the year. But given the swirling circumstance, it’s hard to imagine Colangelo not agreeing to something of its sort. It wouldn’t hurt that Colangelo’s acceptance of such an agreement would surely come with a knowing handshake from Tanenbaum; a better deal could be in Colangelo’s near-term future, in other words, should the chairman, who holds first right of refusal on the Teachers’ shares, emerge from the pending sale tossing around more weight than his current 20.5 per cent stake allows.

Feschuk: Contract status clouds picture in Raptors? front office - thestar.com

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