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Colangelo Ready to Join the Raps?

*SiLver*RoBoT*

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PHOENIX (Ticker) - Bryan Colangelo may be ready to jump ship.

According to a report in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo appears to be close to becoming the Toronto Raptors' new GM.

The Raptors fired GM Rob Babcock on January 26 after getting off to a 14-29 start.

After meeting with Raptors officials Tuesday in Toronto, three league sources said Colangelo appears ready to accept the position as soon as the "final details" are worked out. That would include salary talks that may more than triple his salary, said to be among the bottom third of NBA general managers at an estimated $1 million.
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Colangelo, who has a contract through the 2006-07 season, is the reigning NBA executive of the year.



"He's got a contract. He's a loyal individual," Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo, Bryan's father, told the paper. "He'd like to see things through. I think all of that is still there."

Suns managing partner Robert Sarver, whose group will complete a purchase of the team in June 2007, met with Bryan Colangelo during All-Star weekend in Houston. He asked for a decision from the younger Colangelo by the end of the month.

"At the time we reached agreement on the purchase of the Suns, Bryan Colangelo and I agreed on a three-year contract through the 2006-07 season that includes and ownership in the team," Sarver said in a statement. "I also had an understanding with Bryan that, if another opportunity presented itself that he wished to explore, I would not stand in his way. Consistent with that, when another team asked permission to speak with Bryan, I granted permission at his request.

"I have had discussions with Bryan regarding as extension on his contract and those conversations are ongoing. My hope remains that he will stay in Phoenix."

http://www.tsn.ca/nba/news_story/?ID=155769&hubname=nba

*over*and*out*

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crazedcanuck

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Awesome, now only if he'd bring Steve Nash with him, and Richard Petty catches a fatal puck in the face next time the Leaf's have a practice, we'd be set.
 

KickIT

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Bryan Colangelo, who enters his seventh season as the Suns president and 11th as general manager, was named The Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year after the Suns completed the third-greatest turnaround in NBA history while winning the Pacific Division Championship in 2004-05.

Colangelo, 40, built the Suns through a series of forward-thinking moves, beginning with the controversial trade of All-Star Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway to New York on January 5, 2004 creating the cap space necessary to sign eventual NBA MVP Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson, among others. Under the direction of the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni, the new-look Suns finished a league-best 62-20 last season after posting a 29-53 record in 2003-04.

The 17-year Suns executive is part of the new ownership group that purchased the Suns on June 30, 2004 and he oversees all basketball operations of the NBA franchise. He is also part of the six-member management committee that governs the club, in addition to his duties as an alternate governor on the NBA’s Board of Governors. Colangelo, who represents the Suns on the NBA’s Competition Committee, previously held the positions of scout, assistant director of player personnel, and vice president/assistant general manager with the Suns, where he was directly involved in all aspects of player personnel, including evaluation, draft selection and transactions. He has also served as tournament director of the NIKE Desert Classic, an annual college All-Star basketball tournament held in Phoenix, from 1993 through 2001.

During Colangelo’s tenure as general manager, the Suns have appeared in the NBA Playoffs eight of the last 10 seasons while posting an overall record of 439-349 (.557). Through various trades and free-agent moves, Colangelo has brought some of the league’s best and most recognizable players to the Suns including All-NBA/All-Stars Tom Gugliotta, Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Marbury and Antonio McDyess. Colangelo and his staff have landed the team top-flight players like Shawn Marion, Amaré Stoudemire, Michael Finley and Nash via the draft.

In May 2005, Colangelo was named to the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Program Advisory Panel charged with selecting teams for the 2006 FIBA World Championship (Saitama, Japan), 2007 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (TBA) and the 2008 Olympics (Beijing, China). This appointment follows a four-year commitment to the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Committee from 2001 through 2005, where he helped select teams for the 2001 Goodwill Games (Brisbane, Australia), the 2002 World Championship of Basketball (Indianapolis, Indiana), the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the 2004 Olympics (Athens, Greece).

Colangelo’s accomplishments and influence in sports and business were recognized nationally when he was named to the “40 Under 40” most influential group by Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal in 2000. Closer to home, he was selected the top business leader under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal in 1999 and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership presented him with the Unsung Hero Award in 1997.

In addition to his responsibilities with the Suns, Colangelo served as president of Phoenix Arena Sports (PAS), the owning entity of the Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football League) and the operating entity of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) from June 1991 through June 2002. He managed the business administration, team operations and marketing sales of the Rattlers, Mercury and other exhibition events including tennis, hockey, indoor soccer, boxing and volleyball. Highlights of his involvement with PAS include the 1997 and 1994 (the state of Arizona’s first) World Championship campaigns of the Rattlers, setting the league attendance mark with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA’s inaugural season, overseeing the Mercury’s run into the 1998 WNBA Finals and his selection as the AFL’s 1993 Executive of the Year. The Rattlers also won the AFL Commissioner’s Award as the top franchise on and off the field for an unprecedented five straight years from 1996 to 2000.

A 1983 graduate of Central High in Phoenix, Colangelo remains active in the community serving on the board of directors of the Arizona Zoological Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and Phoenix Suns Charities. He recently completed posts on the board of directors of the Arizona Sports Council (Grand Canyon State Games), Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Phoenix Art Museum and he has served as co-chair of the annual Black Family and Child Services dinner. Appointed by former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza in 1999, Colangelo recently completed a three-year term as an executive committee member and vice chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).

A 1987 graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor of science degree in business management and applied economics, Colangelo and his wife Barbara are parents of a son, Mattia and a daughter, Sofia.
 
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smack

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KickIT said:
but Shawn Marion is the man. I love his game.
amen
The Matrix! 31 pts and 24 rebs last night


I can't see Colangelo bringing all those guys here. But Nash would be awesome.
 

nawberry

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I hope that Kendra Davis appoves of this Colangelo move. Otherwise it will be yet another night of riding the couch for Antonio.
 
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crazedcanuck

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While their have been a number of logistical issues to work out -- Colangelo needs to divest himself of a small ownership stake in the Suns and the Raptors may have to compensate Phoenix
Hoffa of Colangelo!!!
 

smack

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Lets not get too excited until we hear official word

But who would you say is responsible for this? Wayne Embry? or Peddie?
 
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kuba

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I sincerely hope Sam Mitchell gets a good long look as Raptors coach. During this season's up and down moments, he has been instrumental in maintaining some semblence (sp?) of normalcy around this team (util they fired babcock). Embry is still my number one choice, mind you. I think he should have stuck around, and/or the Raps should have offered him $$$$$ to stay. he's on track with the upper managementr AND with the coach (when's the last time that happened?).

Colangelo brings experience, but, who wouldn't finish at the top w/ marion/nash/stoudamire on your team?
 

2canplay

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kuba said:
I sincerely hope Sam Mitchell gets a good long look as Raptors coach. During this season's up and down moments, he has been instrumental in maintaining some semblence (sp?) of normalcy around this team (util they fired babcock). Embry is still my number one choice, mind you. I think he should have stuck around, and/or the Raps should have offered him $$$$$ to stay. he's on track with the upper managementr AND with the coach (when's the last time that happened?).

Colangelo brings experience, but, who wouldn't finish at the top w/ marion/nash/stoudamire on your team?
Yes, Coach Mitchell has been a pleasant surprise. I think he knows how to handle the players. Despite the loss to Dallas he has kept cool and emphasized the main reason for them losing: the guys are still learning how to win in the nba...consistent effort for 48 minutes. Some coaches would have been singling guys out.

Things might be starting to look up.

**keeping enthusiasm tempered**

This is MLSE after all.
 
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Kazoo

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kuba said:
Colangelo brings experience, but, who wouldn't finish at the top w/ marion/nash/stoudamire on your team?
Keep in mind that it was Colangelo that drafted Marion and Stoudamire, structured a good free-agent deal for Nash, and pulled off the Joe Johnson deal that has allowed the team to continue their winning ways.
 

Kazoo

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Colangelo set to join Raps


Phoenix Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo is close to making up his mind on where he wants to go. (AP File Photo)

PHOENIX (CP) - General manager Bryan Colangelo has left the Phoenix Suns, possibly headed to Toronto.

The Suns confirmed Colangelo's resignation in a statement Monday.

Colangelo, who was named the 2005 NBA Executive of the Year after his retooled roster won a league-high 62 games, would replace Rob Babcock, who was fired by the Raptors on Jan. 26.

"Bryan has decided that his preference is to leave the Suns, and under those circumstances, we saw no other option other than to accept his decision," Suns managing partner Robert Sarver said in a statement. "We will proceed methodically in deciding Bryan's replacement but in the meantime we have a tremendous basketball staff in place and they will take on additional responsibilities in the interim."

Colangelo could not be reached for comment.

The president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Raptors, said the two sides were nearing an agreement.

"We're in very, very serious discussions with Brian," Richard Peddie told The Canadian Press from Miami prior to the Raptors' game against the Heat on Monday. "We have not finalized a deal yet (but we) hope to very shortly."

Colangelo was in his 11th season as the Suns' general manager and 17th with the team. His father is Suns chairman and CEO Jerry Colangelo, who sold the club to a group led by Sarver.

Colangelo reportedly has a contract worth $1 million US per year that runs through next season. He also has an ownership stake in the Suns that he will have to sell upon leaving the club.

The Raptors reportedly have offered Colangelo a multiyear deal worth $3 million per year, and the job would give him more power over basketball operations than he has with the Suns.

Wayne Embry, a senior advisor to the team, took over as GM on an interim basis.
 

-Mercury-

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obviously this is great news for the Raps,
but my question is........ does he have any idea what he's getting himself into??

he's gonna soon find out it was alot easier to talk daddy into splashing out some cash than dealing with those dicks at MLS&E.
 

KickIT

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Getting $$$ from MLSE won't be an issue as long as he stays under or just above the cap. I mean no one dishes out $$$ like that unless your name is James Dolan and you own the NY Knicks.
 
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