Tim Leiweke minces no words about the delineation of responsibility in a new Raptors front office.
“It will be my GM and I’ve got his back,” the chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said Tuesday morning.
In an announcement to be made official later Tuesday, former team president and general manager Bryan Colangelo will remain as team president but work mostly as a consultant to Leiweke and on the team’s business interests.
The final say on all personnel matters will rest with a new general manager to be hand-picked by Leiweke.
“I admire and respect Bryan’s passion and loyalty to the Raptors and Toronto,” said Leiweke, who has narrowed a list of potential general managers down to a handful.
“He’s been a good soldier for this organization and a good citizen for Toronto.”
Colangelo spent seven years as the team’s president and general manager, making all significant basketball decisions. But while he still will be consulted, Leiweke made it clear the new general manager will have every final say.
“I promise you there will be no interference . . . that won’t happen,” said Leiweke.
NBA sources have told the Star that Leiweke is still waiting for official approval to discuss the general manager’s job with the top candidate — Denver’s executive vice-president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.
A meeting between the two won’t happen until at least Wednesday.