The Raptors decided to solve their ongoing GM issue heading into the Draft Lottery, giving current General Manager Bryan Colangelo a multi-year extension to stay with the franchise.
In his five year tenure Colangelo has experienced both highs and lows with the franchise. Winning the Executive of the Year award in the 06-07 season when the Raptors won 47 games and captured the Atlantic Division crown.
But in recent times Colangelo has been oft-criticized by fans, including me, for making questionable transactions and running a team that was once on the cusp of becoming a perennial playoff contender into the ground. Add that with the failure to deal/re-sign Chris Bosh and many Raptor fans weren’t concerned with the potential of Colangelo’s departure on June 30th, when his contract was set to expire.
With a high draft pick on the horizon the Raptors needed to solve this issue as soon as possible and this clearly was the easiest option as finding a new General Manager while determining which route they want to take with their pick would have been difficult. This is clearly the safe play, and whether you think he should have his job or not, it was the smart play.
With the Colangelo announcement I expect a decision to be made on Jay Triano’s expiring contract within the next few days as the Raptors look towards building for the future. With Colangelo’s resigning expect Triano to be given an extension as well.
Colangelo gets to keep the keys to the car, but with a few more “accidents” they clearly will be taken away.
Don’t crash Bryan.