Raptors strip Colangelo of GM duties
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Bryan Colangelo will remain with the Toronto Raptors but as team president but has been stripped of his role as general manager, new Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke announced Tuesday.
The search is underway for a new general manager, a hire Leiweke expects to make within 30 days. Colangelo will report to Leiweke and the general manager will have “full authority on all basketball-related decisions,” according to a news release.
Colangelo, who has been president and GM since February, 2006, will assist Leiweke in the search for a GM.
“After thorough evaluation and considering all the options, we have concluded that these changes will be in the best interest of the organization,” Leiweke in a statement. “By splitting the roles and having both men report directly to me, we are adding depth to the basketball operations group and giving the Toronto Raptors the best chance of competing for championships in the future. The new GM will inherit a great situation in Toronto, as all of my due diligence around the League indicates that we have a fine, young core and a few key moves will make us a playoff contender next season.”