Nov. 7 , 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; AEG owner Tim Leiweke talks at the start of the press conference held by the Magic Johnson foundation at the Staples Center. 20 years to the date Irvin "Magic" Johnson (not pictured) announced his HIV status and retirement from the NBA. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Colangelo passes the baton to...who?

The local press is treating the demise of Bryan Colangelo as a fait accompli. He is out as President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, although he will represent the team at today’s Draft Lottery. There are hints that he will be offered some sort of face-saving gig on the corporate side of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment [MLSE]. However, no one has been named as BC’s replacement yet (as of 5:15AM Tuesday), nor is the departure official, based on a look at the Raps’ website.

Assuming all of the speculation is confirmed sometime soon, I’m not impressed by how this critical matter has been handled.  Tim Leiweke’s self-appointed first task as the new head of MLSE was to right the Raps’ sinking ship. BC’s contract has not been extended, so he’s finished, yet no one has been named as his successor. Whether BC deserved to be toasted is a matter for intense debate. FWIW: I think he deserved a chance to see his young charges develop. However, once the decision to find someone else has been made, the naming of a new GM has to be handled more effectively than this slow-motion car accident has been. If Masai Ujiri stays with the Denver Nuggets, rather than jumping ship to the Raps, what happens next? Does Leiweke ask BC to take the job back temporarily? Name Ed Stefanski Acting President? “Awkward” is not a strong enough word to describe the next few weeks or months under such a scenario.

Who’s in charge here? Who do other teams and player agents negotiate with? We don’t know, and that’s wrong.

Brian Boake is Senior Editor for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

 

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