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Report: Blazers considering Danny Ferry as new GM

May 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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Don’t expect the Portland Trail Blazers to move fast — they said they were going to take their time finding a new GM to replace Rich Cho — but apparently they have one name on their list already.

Danny Ferry, the former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager who before and after that has worked with the San Antonio Spurs is on the short list, according to the Express-News. It shouldn’t be a big shock, Ferry was interviewed a year ago when the Blazers were searching for a GM.

The big test — is he the kind of guy owner Paul Allen wants to hang out with? Can he pass Paul Allen’s “Do I want to have a beer with that guy?” test? Because that seems to be the main criteria for getting to stay on as Blazers general manager.

Mike Monroe from the Express-News Spurs Blog summed it up well.

During his five years in Cleveland, Ferry worked for a billionaire owner with a big ego, Dan Gilbert. He also dealt with a superstar, LeBron James, who had a team of sycophants behind the scenes second-guessing and undercutting the GM. Still, Ferry built a team that made it to one NBA Finals and posted the NBA’s best regular-season record in back-to-back seasons.

That’s not exactly a mirror image of Allen’s operation in Portland — the sycophants there work for Allen, not a player — but it’s close enough to prepare Ferry for what he would face if he were to end up as Cho’s successor.

Look for other names to pop up on the list. It will be interesting to see who accepts the job and who walks away after two well-respected GMs — Rich Cho and Kevin Pritchard — were let go inside of a year. There is a lot of money, a loyal fan base and a good roster to work with in Portland, not to mention a lot of great microbreweries. This should be an ideal job. But some guys will not touch it now.

  1. goforthanddie - May 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    “This should be an ideal job. But some guys will not touch it now.” Exactly.
    If it’s come down to “Mr. Allen and his GMs just don’t get along”, maybe Mr. Allen needs to look inward. KP did a great job. Cho brought in an instant perfect fit in Wallace. We’ve averaged 50 wins the past 3 seasons despite numerous major injuries. That doesn’t sound like a situation requiring a revolving door at GM.
    I’m all in favor of an owner who cares and does what is necessary. Mr. Allen has spent much money on the Blazers. He wants to win. Maybe he needs to put “winning” above “having a beer w/ my GM”.

  2. mogogo1 - May 26, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    The other part that has to be discomforting to Blazer fans is the fact that Allen and Company have failed to get along with two very different GMs. Pritchard was a former player with little experience prior to being thrust into the front office. Cho had been in the front office of teams since the 90s, never played, and has a law degree. So, Allen has failed to connect with either former players OR business guys. Personality conflicts happen, but they shouldn’t happen that often with candidates of your own choosing.

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