Raptors ask to interview Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, according to report

Dave Sandford

The Toronto Raptors have requested to interview Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard for the opportunity to become the next head of basketball operations for the franchise.

The Toronto Raptors have moved former general manager Bryan Colangelo to an executive role, and the team's search for a new man to head their basketball operations has led Toronto to request an interview with Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. The Pacers are busy battling the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Raptors will likely not be allowed to interview Pritchard until Indiana's season is over.

The plan to build a front office around Pritchard may involve trying to pry assistant GM Troy Weaver away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, but as Berger notes, the Raptors would have to be prepared to offer something more than a lateral move to get permission to speak with Weaver. Pritchard was a candidate to land the Raptors' GM job back in 2011, but Ed Stefanski was hired instead. The Pacers promoted him from director of player personnel to GM when he elected to stay with the team.

Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, who is in contract extension talks with Denver, has also been targeted by Toronto. For more on the intricacies of the situation, be sure to check out this extensive post at SB Nation's Raptors blog, Raptors HQ.

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