Bryan Colangelo was two years old when the Phoenix Suns played their first NBA game. His father — then the youngest general manager in professional sports — had the same job he holds today.
No one other than father and son has held that position since. Today, for the first time in the 38-year history of the franchise, that may change.
Several sources close to the process say Colangelo will end a weeklong watch this morning and decide whether to remain in Phoenix or leave to become the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
There remain strong indications Colangelo appears poised to succumb to a month of courting and the lure of complete control of the Raptors basketball operations — not to mention a tremendous salary increase.
Several sources said they can’t imagine a scenario where Colangelo turns down that offer.
But the decision has been made even more difficult because of family considerations and other personal pressures, all of which have had Colangelo poring over the decision — and running past a self-imposed deadline over the weekend.
Sources say talks about a contract extension with the Suns (Colangelo is signed through the 2006-07 season) failed to find common ground and that the relationship between Colangelo and managing partner Robert Sarver remains fractured. Meanwhile, the Raptors continue to bend over backward to convince the NBA’s reigning executive of the year to head to Canada and attempt to lead the Raptors back to the playoffs.
Colangelo would have family friend and NBA veteran Wayne Embry working with him and the ability to bring members of his current staff along with him to Toronto.
One out still exists: Colangelo could decide to remain in Phoenix without a new deal and bide his time, knowing other jobs around the NBA in more attractive locales may open soon.
But that would also appear to be difficult, given the strained relations over the last month.