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Report: Clippers GM Olshey interviews with Trail Blazers

May 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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The rumor has been the Portland Trail Blazers first choice to fill their permanent general manager seat is one current GM from Los Angeles.

But this is not the one we were thinking of. From the twitter of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Also, league sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey met with Portland owner Paul Allen in London recently about the Blazers’ GM opening.

Olshey seems to come up in a number of GM conversations.
Olshey has done a good job as the head of the Clippers, and not just with the Chris Paul trade or bringing in guys like Caron Butler, Mo Williams and making a trade for Nick Young. His work has been bigger than that — this was a franchise that needed an overhaul of the entire culture and Olshey has been at the heart of that.

Of course, that doesn’t qualify him to get along with Paul Allen.

The Trail Blazers let go of two well-respected GMs — Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho — and has had the interim Chad Buchanan in that role for nearly a year. He’s done a good job, so the Blazers are now looking for someone else.

  1. b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    If they want the guy responsible for the Chris Paul trade they should hire David Stern. Sorry, low hanging fruut, I know.

  2. BigBeachBall - May 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    right place at the right time…

  3. mogogo1 - May 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Only question is whether he already has his next job lined up…because about this time next year Paul Allen will show him the door.

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