COMMENTARY | Reports out of Toronto indicate that Bryan Colangelo may have grown tired of waiting to hear back from MLSE about his future as the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
"It was expected there would be some resolution in time for the company's meeting of the board, scheduled for Wednesday but according to sources the board - who have ceded the decision on Raptors personnel to Leiweke - is prepared to wait a little longer to make a decision about Colangelo's current deal or offering him an extension," Michael Grange wrote on Sportsnet. "That timeline may not suit Colangelo and there is some suggestion that he may take action preemptively and offer his resignation in the coming days."
The past month hasn't been too kind to Colangelo as rumours of Phil Jackson taking over his job surfaced and he was forced to sell himself to the board and new CEO Tim Leiweke. That sell job happened nearly a week ago and the board doesn't appear close to deciding to pick up the option on the upcoming year of Colangelo's contract, extend him or cut him loose.
"I'm not going to let the board dictate the timing on this and this is no disrespect to the board," Leiweke told Sportsnet. "That's not the right way to do this. I think it's a matter of whatever time that takes is what it takes, we're not going to knee jerk. I'm not going to let the board overrule the time and to their credit, they haven't asked it. They've been very patient. It wouldn't shock me that if at the end of the day, if I'm not going to give him a vote of confidence, he moves on."
From the sounds of it this may be Leiweke and MLSE forcing Colangelo out without having the courage to actually pull the trigger. If that's the case, it's not a great start to Leiweke's tenure here in Toronto.
Hopefully this is just a case of Leiweke needing some more time to see if his NBA contacts pan out and he is able to secure a better fit than Colangelo. Because, if that doesn't work out, having Colangelo as a fall-back plan isn't a bad option.
The problem is Plan B might be close to resigning if this situation doesn't get sorted out quickly.
Ryan McNeill lives in Toronto and has been covering the Toronto Raptors with media passes since the 2007-08 season.
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