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Frank or Casey next Raptors coach?

Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo would not comment
Thursday on a report he has narrowed the team’s coaching search down to
Boston’s Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey of the Mavericks.

With good reason, it seems. Late in the day, a new wrinkle came about
when ESPN reported Oklahoma City assistant Mo Cheeks was also in the

Maurice Cheeks in mix

Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey are on the Toronto Raptors’ list of
coaching candidates, but sources say there is a strong third candidate:
Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks.

The Raptors are not expected to make a decision on their coach until GM
Bryan Colangelo returns from a scouting trip in Europe. They are also
expected to wait until they can interview Mavericks assistant coach
Casey, after the NBA Finals.

No Raptor is untradeable

Colangelo spent Monday pointing out, among many things, that no
Raptor is untradeable. And just in case you were worried he was sinking
Bargnani’s value in the process — well, Colangelo made the salesman’s
point, too, that Bargnani remains both a “matchup nightmare” and an
unknown quantity, since he has yet to be paired with a legitimately
sized centre who could paper over the Italian’s deficiencies.

If not Colangelo, Raps to draft in Embry?

Bryan Colangelo made it clear this week when he sat down with Toronto
hoop scribes that A) he wants to keep running the Raptors and B) he
doesn’t know if his current bosses plan to keep him in power much

The matter is muddled by the fact that Colangelo’s bosses are
planning to put majority control of the team up for sale … which could
actually wind up helping Colangelo if his staunchest supporter –-
current Raptors governor Larry Tanenbaum –- is still part of the
Raptors’ upper-management structure after the sale.

Raptors deny reports of Embry replacing Colangelo

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.

Lingering MLSE sale leaves Raptors braintrust in limbo

When Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced in November that
Richard Peddie, the longtime CEO, would retire at 2011’s end, even
Peddie didn’t take the timeline literally.

“I always imagined I might leave a lot earlier,” Peddie was saying
this week. “But obviously the complication of Teachers’ exploring a sale
has led to my expectation, and theirs, that I’ll be here the whole
calendar year.”

Colangelo shopping for big men as Raptors camp looms

Injuries and lack of depth up front have the GM looking for trading partners and searching the free-agent market.

There could very well be additions to the Raptors roster before training camp opens Tuesday.

With injuries to two of his young big men, president and general manager
Bryan Colangelo is scouring the trade and free-agent market looking to
make one last summer move.

Raptors Cleaning House?

he past few weeks I’ve been calling around to every team in the league
gathering draft info. Out of all those conversations, one thing that is
becoming clear: The Raptors have been the most aggressive team in the
league this summer in seeking out all sorts of trades. At this point
it’s conceivable that the team could end up trading three of its five
starters this summer.

Turkoglu rumour mill still churning

Two things were for certain the moment Hedo Turkoglu’s desire to leave
the Raptors became public last month.

There would be rumours all around and the Raptors would not comment on
any of them.

Reports this week that Turkoglu would welcome a trade to the Sacramento
Kings were not unexpected, nor was the no comment coming from Raptors
general manager Bryan Colangelo, who has consistently avoided discussing
the delicate issue.

Sources: Turkoglu longs for return to Kings

Already public with his desire to be traded, disgruntled Toronto Raptors
forward Hedo Turkoglu(notes) has privately expressed to league friends
a desire to return to the Sacramento Kings, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

After Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo brought him to Toronto
with a five-year, $53 million contract last summer, Turkoglu had a
tumultuous season and recently told Turkish television – and apparently
the organization – that he no longer wants to play for the franchise.

The Kings and Raptors have yet to engage in trade discussions, sources
say, but communication is a likely possibility before the end of the
month. There won’t be much of a market for the declining veteran, but
there are scenarios where he could make sense for the Kings.