Peddie remains confident in his team president, but stopped short of saying a contract was in the midst of being inked. “He's in the last year of his contract and we will probably talk to Bryan about an extension but nothing is going on right now,” Peddie said. “… Bryan will go to the board in the next month or two and talk about his plan for the next year and everyone will see if Bryan is comfortable with it and we're comfortable with it and that will dictate what we do in the future.”
But pressed, Peddie suggested Colangelo will get a chance to rebound from two seasons where the Raptors fell well short of the Colangelo's own public expectations.
“I think he wants to stay [and] it's a two-way street. I still think he's really an excellent choice. I really do,” Peddie said. “ I look around and think, geez, who else would I want?”
Publicly Colangelo is hardly shrinking from the challenge, sounding almost defiant in his defence of a roster that went 22-10 in between a 7-13 start and its 11-19 finish.
“I don't view this as a team that needs to be dismantled, with or without Chris,” he said in interview before leaving for Europe where he will be scouting the Euroleague Final Four in Paris.