Peddie not stressing Colangelo decision

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

DALLAS -- The Bryan Colangelo watch continues.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. president Richard Peddie refused to shed any light on the Colangelo situation yesterday during the Raptors' 115-113 overtime loss against the Dallas Mavericks. The Phoenix Suns president/general manager is expected to decide by the end of the weekend whether to accept a similar job -- with a large pay raise -- with the Raptors.

"I'm not going to have any comment on this one," Peddie said.

Colangelo, reportedly, has been ordered by Suns owner Robert Sarver to decide by the end of the month whether he wants to leap to the Raptors.

Peddie said the Raptors are not in a hurry to hire a GM. Veteran executive Wayne Embry is working as the team's interim GM. If Colangelo decides to stay in Phoenix, many feel Embry could be the fallback option.

"Last time (before Rob Babcock was hired) I really felt we had a timetable," Peddie said. "Now with Wayne doing such a great job and being well respected ... we don't have a timetable. (The Raptors will use) as much time as it takes to get the right guy."

Peddie admitted NBA commissioner David Stern has offered some assistance in the team's search.

"The league wants the Raptors to succeed ... (Stern) just wants us to do well," Peddie said.

Peddie also said the team is more than willing to let Embry handle the draft if the Raptors' search isn't over by then.

"If we have to, absolutely," Peddie said. "No fear at all."


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