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Report: Blazers interview former Hornets GM Bower

May 9, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

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Portland finally seems serious about getting a full time GM in, rather than just having Chad Buchanan do the job and calling him interim.

Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower got an interview last week, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ year-long search for a new general manager has continued in earnest, as sources said owner Paul Allen met with former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower last week and Pacers general manager David Morway will meet with team officials on Wednesday.

Portland has some big organizational direction choices to make in the wake of Brandon Roy retiring, Greg Oden needing another surgery and letting Nate McMillan go.

Portland still has LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, but right now they need someone to chart a long-term direction for the franchise then start steering the ship that way. Then they need Paul Allen to actually let the GM stay on the job for more than a year. That seems a reasonable request.

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