Mitchell trashes Bobcats rumour

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell has not, at least publicly, pressed general manager Bryan Colangelo for a contract extension this season.

Perhaps it's because he sees greener pastures elsewhere.

According to yesterday's New York Post, Mitchell may decide to leave Toronto when his contract expires at season's end and sign on with the Charlotte Bobcats, a team he worked for briefly in 2004 as an assistant under coach under Bernie Bickerstaff before accepting the Toronto head coaching job.

The Post indicated that Mitchell is a leading candidate to replace Bickerstaff, who is set to become Michael Jordan's assistant in the front office.

Mitchell has yet to be offered an extension, despite taking the team from a 27-win season last year to a playoff spot this year.

Phoenix Suns assistant Marc Iavaroni is said to be a leading candidate to get the head coach job in Toronto if Mitchell departs.

Mitchell was less than enthused when asked about the Post report prior to last night's game against the Bobcats.

"How quickly do you want me to walk out of here?" he said during a media conference. "Lombo (Raptors media relations director Jim LaBumbard) told me about it and showed me the paper it was written on, and I filed it right where it should go, in the thing that swings back and forth, that they pick up once a week on the side of the curb."

Mitchell does remember the first time he interviewed with Bickerstaff, who drove down to Atlanta for the meeting.


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