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Raptors may have interest in Jackson

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The Toronto Raptors are the latest team that seems to have an interest in Phil Jackson.

According to ESPN.com, the Raptors would like to talk to Jackson about a role in the team's basketball operations.

ESPN.com reported recently that Jackson wants to return to the NBA next season, preferably in a role similar to the one Pat Riley has with the Miami Heat.

The fact that Tim Leiweke has been hired as the president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment -- the Canadian conglomerate that owns and operates the Raptors, NHL's Maple Leafs and Toronto FC in Major League Soccer -- may increae the Raptors' chances of hiring Jackson.

Leiweke helped get the Staples Center built for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers as well as the NHL's Kings. Leiweke also has a working relationship with Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, Jackson's fiancee.

The Raptors are considering the futures of team president Bryan Colangelo and coach Dwane Casey.

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