The Raptors continue to attract the attention of the NBA and speculation about the future abounds.
On Thursday, team sources quickly refuted an online report that said the organization is ready to pass on the general manager’s duties to consultant Wayne Embry if the decision is made not to renew the contract of president and general manager Bryan Colangelo.
“People just try to find the logical speculation,” one team official said.
Colangelo’s contract expires June 30 and there has been no indication from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment whether he’ll be retained or not. The Star’s Dave Feschuk has reported that Glen Silvestri, a representative of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan — 66 per cent owners of MLSE — is holding up the Colangelo decision, even as the pension fund seeks to sell off its interest in the organization.
Any move to replace Colangelo with Embry wouldn’t be without precedent, which has fuelled the speculation.
In 2006, MLSE fired then-GM Rob Babcock and put Embry in as the interim general manager, starting a chain reaction that led to the hiring of Colangelo.