Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 2:54 pm  |  33 responses

Toronto Raptors, Bryan Colangelo Agree to Multi-Year Extension

It seems like there hasn’t been any news north of the border since Chris Bosh left Toronto last July. But today Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo announced he has agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension. His five-year deal, signed in 2006, was set to expire on June 30th. Colangelo has had a mixed response from Raptors fans: he took shots for the signings of Hedo Turkoglu and Jermaine O’Neal, but has also received praise for drafting DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis, both whom appear to be keepers.

From the National Post:

Details of the deal were not immediately known. Colangelo is in Secaucus, New Jersey, where he will represent the Raptors at Tuesday night’s draft lottery. The news brings a poorly plotted soap opera surrounding his job status to an end. Backroom bickering, including one board member representing the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan — the majority owners of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment who are looking to sell their share — that had been holding up a new deal for the general manager have dominated the Raptors’ news cycle for the past few months. There was one published report that MLSE would turn over draft responsibilities to 74-year-old team advisor Wayne Embry should a deal not be reached with Colangelo. With this news, that remains a what-if scenario. Colangelo’s status was an issue for the Raptors throughout their 22-win season, and became a bigger issue as the off-season arrived. It has been widely reported that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s board was divided on whether to bring back the two-time NBA executive of the year. Larry Tanenbaum, a potential buyer of Teachers’ stake in the team and a minority owner of MLSE as it stands, has long been believed to be a Colangelo backer. Glen Silvestri, one of Teachers’ representatives on the board, is said to have been against Colangelo’s re-signing. However, with Teachers trying to get out of the business of owning professional sports teams, Silvestri has likely softened his stance — or been overruled.”

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  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    lmao. why?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …they don’t even care anymore

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Didn’t he also draft Bargnani first overall when he could’ve drafted LaMarcus Aldrige, Brandon Roy or Rudy Gay?

  • http://slamonline.com Easy Bee

    I don’t know, it says his contract started in 2006 (likely after the season) and Bargnani was drafted in 2006. It’s very possible the Raptors hired him after they drafted Bargnani.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “Not this guy, noooooo! Not this f*ucking guy” ALT+0169 That Youtube guy.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Meh, come on Kyrie Irving!

  • matt

    Roy – great knees. Alridge – the thought at the time was that he was exactly like Bosh. Gay – a marketing disaster. It could’ve been worse, He could have selected Adam Morrison (shudders).

  • Red Star

    5 more years of the Raps having no clear direction! Nice!! He’s been rebuilding the team since he’s arrived and look at the amazing results!!! What the hell did Toronto do to deserve this! WTF!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno


  • rich

    we are being a lil unfair, hes drafted well with what we have his only mistakes are the hedont signing and not trading bosh when he had the chance. he has gotten too many foregin players but if irving is off the board i want him to take derrick williams or Jan Vessley

  • Migs

    @Easy Bee – Colangelo did draft Bargnani, and it was obvious that he had a huge man-crush on him. Bargs was a lottery pick, but nowhere near as high as 1st until Colangelo started talking him up. Could be worse though – at least it’s not Adam Morrison.

  • Migs

    @rich – I thought the JO trade was pretty bad, and I used to like JO. We could’ve had Roy Hibbert as our starting C, with Bargnani at the 4.

  • Migs

    @Red Star – I heard it’s a 2 yr deal with a team option for a 3rd year. Thank goodness it’s not a long-term deal.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    “Gay – a marketing disaster.” THAT’S your excuse for not drafting the better player? wtf?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The funny thing is, they probably could have gotten Bargnani later with their other first-round pick. Were ANY teams seriously looking to scoop Bargnani up in the top 10?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Don’t forget he drafted Demar DeRozan and Ed Davis–two great picks/future franchise players for Toronto.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    As the article says… LOL…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I’m not convinced Ed Davis is gonna be all that.
    DeRozan is nasty though.

  • KoBynum716

    He drafted Bargnani, who is a bust for a #1, but not such a bad player at all. And if he does the right thing and drafts Derrick Williams, I think that’s an OK team for the next couple of years. And if they start Bayless, along with Derozen, Williams, Ed Davis and Bargnani, that isn’t the WORST starting lineup in the league, maybe just the youngest or most inexperienced. But they’ll be good sooner or later imo. Or I’m wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    5 more years of striving for mediocrity. I feel for you, Raps fans.

  • MikeC.

    @KoBynum716 – that’s a pretty solid marketing slogan for the 2011-2012 Raptors “We don’t have the WORST starting lineup in the league.”

  • KoBynum716

    Haha, just looking out for poor Raptors fans.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    good news all around

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Rigo: Then you haven’t seen him play enough. Ed Davis is the future face of this franchise. He might even end up having more of an impact than DeRozan. Just watch, and you’ll tell me later. ;)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh yeah, and Jeryd Bayless was improving like crazy when he was starting in place of an injured Jose Calderon. Another solid trade by Colangelo.



  • JoeMaMa

    @Teddy-the-Bear: You’re a Raps fan, I’m a Raps fan. Ed Davis will be a less skilled, tougher version of Chris Bosh, and he could be a double double guy, but I think our hopes rest with Derozan. Also, Bayless, for all his scoring ability, hasn’t impressed me with running the team the right way. It felt like he just went for his and got away from the team concept. Dude needs to get his game management together before we hand him the keys.
    And to those ragging on Colangelo for drafting Bargs, hindsight is 20/20. The alternative was Aldridge, and we had Bosh. No one thought Roy would show up the way he has, and he’s already, unfortunately, on the downside of his career. Rondo’s been a HUGE surprise. So the decision was pretty solid at the time. Besides, for all his defensive faults, Bargs can flat out SCORE. He’s a good second option on a low playoff team, or a third option on a pretty high playoff team.

  • http://www.bulls.com. Rigo Gonzalez

    @Teddy – truthfully, I saw plenty of Ed Davis at UNC, but haven’t really watched him in Toronto much…mostly because that would require I watch the Raptors.
    @JoeMaMa – yeah, I didn’t even bother to mention Rondo because, like you said, no one had any idea he’d be this good.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Joe: Well, we’ll have to see, I guess. To me, Ed Davis plays a completely different style than Bosh. As in, he doesn’t look for the jumpshot first. Bosh could score inside, but he settled way too much for that jumper of his because, well… He’s got a nice jumper.
    But Ed Davis has an impeccable touch around the basket, and that’s where he looks to score most of the time–from inside. I think he’ll develop a better back-to-the-basket game than Bosh had/has. I suppose that’s partly what you meant by tougher.
    There’s a chance that Davis won’t rack up the points like Bosh did, but will rebound and control the paint better. But we’ll see. Right now, I’m pretty confident on his scoring skills too.
    As for Bayless, I agree that he needs to work on his PG skills–especially turning the ball over less–but he’s the best point guard Toronto has had in quite some time. He’s quick, pretty athletic, and his outside shot is coming along nicely. What surprised me the most was how well he actually racks up the assists–when he started playing consistent starters’ minutes after Jose got injured, he was routinely getting like 8 assists per game, while usually scoring in the 20′s. Those are All-Star type numbers.

  • dawg

    colangelo is a waste man hes gonna sign more european s

  • Bravo

    chris bosh is flat out soft. how do i know? i use to sex up his sister. I’d always b like “yo chris, lemme sex your sis” and chris would always say “go for it” I’m juss soft in the HEAT

  • bashmo

    Lets be honest tho Colangelo overpays like crazy

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    how has no one mentioned that he gave calderon 9 million a year… thats an insane amount of money for the worst defensive player in the league..