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Ex-Suns chief takes his skills to Toronto

Published Mar. 1, 2006

Bryan Colangelo joined Toronto as its president and general manager Tuesday, ready to leave his imprint on a new team after splitting with a club that didn't offer him a contract extension.

He was introduced a day after he resigned as general manager and president of the Phoenix Suns, a team in which his father, Jerry Colangelo, is chairman and chief executive. Hereplaces Rob Babcock, who was fired.

Bryan Colangelo was the NBA's 2005 executive of the year after the Suns' retooled roster won a league-high 62 games. Despite losing Amare Stoudemire to injury and losing regulars Joe Johnson and Quintin Richardson, the Suns lead the Pacific again.

Colangelo's contract with the Suns was reportedly worth $1-million a year. The Raptors reportedly signed him to a multiyear deal worth $3-million a year.

His split with the Suns might have been inevitable since his father sold the club to a group led by managing partner Robert Sarver. The elder Colangelo is supposed to remain chairman and CEO until the sale is complete after the 2006-07 season.

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