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Old 05-12-2011, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Via email, Colangelo said there has been no change in his contractual status, but he confirmed that he will represent the Raptors at Tuesday’s draft lottery in New Jersey.

Richard Peddie, MLSE president and chief executive officer, did not return a phone call made to him Wednesday afternoon.
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With the draft process ramping up after Tuesday’s lottery, it would behoove the Raptors to make a decision on Colangelo sooner rather than later. Sure, there is precedent of a team firing a general manager on draft day, as the Portland Trail Blazers let Kevin Pritchard go last year after he ran the draft for Portland. But that move was widely derided as amateurish. Plus, Portland, with stable ownership and a history of winning, has a lot more going for it than Toronto does as a basketball market.

The Raptors could let Colangelo go and hand over the draft to team advisor Wayne Embry, then go into the presumed lockout without a full-time GM in charge, as was reported last month. Once more, that would not result in the best league-wide optics. And given that the Raptors will select between first and sixth overall in the draft, you want somebody with a specific organizational vision making that pick.

Raptors’ vice president and assistant general manager Maurizio Gherardini will also be without contract after June 30. It is quite possible Gherardini will want a new challenge after five years under Colangelo. Regardless, Gherardini is one of the most powerful men in European basketball, someone you do not want to unnecessarily agitate.

Colangelo’s résumé is far from a perfect one, and the Raptors would not be unjust in letting him go. His merits and detractions have been debated for the better part of this year. But set him free or lock him up, and be firm with the decision.

That, however, is a basketball decision. Right now, it appears there is business to tend to.

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