Raptors Bryan Colangelo steps down as team president, will be consultant

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It seemed a little awkward from the start — long time Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo was pushed aside to make way for young hot shot Masai Ujiri. New management at the top of the Raptors gave Ujiri all the power, so Colangelo moved to the business side of the operation as team president. With no say about basketball.

That didn’t last long.

The Raptors announced Wednesday that Colangelo is stepping down as team president and will serve as a consultant to the franchise.

“Having had a better chance to reflect on things for the past several weeks, I have concluded that stepping away from my position is the best course of action for the organization and everyone involved,” Colangelo said in a released statement.

This doesn’t really mean much on the court — this was already Ujiri’s team build as he saw fit. All this does in remove a shadow over him. And not a very long shadow at that.

There was some buzz that Colangelo and new Raptors CEO Tim Leiweke were butting heads, but again Leiweke had all the power and Colangelo was just window dressing. Now he can do whatever it is that consultants do.