It is open season on Raptors personnel and it’s impossible to tell how far and deep the cuts will go.
Front office personnel are out, scouts are out, assistant coaches may be out and the week ahead could be a sea-changing period in the franchise’s history.
New general manager Masai Ujiri, not yet formally on the job, has begun to wield a scythe provided to him by incoming Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke, slashing a vast majority of a front office assembled and kept by team president Bryan Colangelo.
Executive vice-president Ed Stefanski is out, vice-president of college scouting Marc Eversley’s future is at best clouded and bleak according to some sources while the team’s professional and regional scouting department is now barren.
Stefanski, not 18 months on the job in Toronto after a long career as the GM of the New Jersey Nets (he made the Vince Carter trade with Toronto) and Philadelphia 76ers, was let go with a year left on his contract.

“Not a big surprise, I’m sorry things didn’t work out,” said Stefanski. “It’s the business. What are you going to do?”
League sources say the Raptors have already conducted initial interviews with assistant coach hopefuls Nick Nurse of the Rio Grande Vipers of the D League, former Raptor and current Brooklyn assistant Popeye Jones and ex-NBAer Tyronn Lue. Whether those three have to be re-interviewed once Ujiri is on the job full-time remains to be seen but the future of the current staff is cloudier than it’s ever been. None have contracts guaranteed past the end of June and it’s expected none will be in town this week when some players come back for workout sessions with members of the team’s training staff.
The emergence of those names as possible replacements to a staff including Johnny Davis, Scott Roth, Tom Sterner and Micah Nori is not news, the fact they’ve already spoken to members of the Raptors front office would suggest significant change to Dwane Casey’s staff is at hand. Team sources said weeks ago that seeking permission to interview potential new assistant coaches was simply a due diligence process; the desire now for change with a new general manager in place has been hastened.