TORONTO - Ed Stefanski has “sat in my chair,” says Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo and that is a major reason why he is now on the Raptors’ payroll.
No, Colangelo does not expect to step aside anytime soon, but he said on Thursday that he and ownership are pleased that the option now exists.
“Whether or not Ed ultimately succeeds me is an unknown, but at least I’ve got a guy with certainty who has been there and done that,” Colangelo said.
“But last time I checked, I’m not going anywhere, I plan to stay around as long as they’ll keep me.
“I don’t anticipate my role changing a great deal.”
Colangelo lauded Stefanski as a great deal-maker with a vast wealth of experience.
“We are bringing in arguably the best available basketball executive to enhance and improve what we are doing as an organization,” he said.
Colangelo said Stefanski, the former New Jersey and Philadelphia general manager, will be his “right-hand man” in charge of player personnel, co-ordinating scouting and running the draft process.
Stefanski was the choice from a group of four finalists culled from an initial serious list of 12 candidates.
“His knowledge of the minefield that is out there on a daily basis is just paramount,” added Colangelo.
Changes to existing front office roles — and possibly titles — will follow, but have not been finalized yet.