After axing Kevin Pritchard an hour before the 2010 NBA Draft -- and then asking him to stick around and run the Blazers' war room -- it appears a front-runner has emerged in the search for Portland's new GM. According to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, the Blazers' GM job belongs to former Cavs GM Danny Ferry, if he wants it.
Effectively trading Pritchard for Ferry would be a puzzling move, to say the least, for the Blazers. In his five years as Cleveland's GM, Ferry failed to find a sidekick for Lebron, whiffing on Larry Hughes in free agency, then patching up the holes in the roster with a series of decent moves that still failed to add the requisite firepower to Cleveland's roster. Pritchard was playing with a stacked deck with Paul Allen's deep pockets in Portland, to be sure -- being able to buy and stockpile draft picks and take on more salary -- but his track record the past few years was much better, before being fired for no apparent reason.
In other Blazers front office news, assistant coach Dean Demopolous will not return to head coach Nate McMillan's staff, after being asked by Paul Allen to shake up his corps of assistants, per The Oregonian. Demopolous had been an assistant with McMillan for nine years.
And for those of you keeping score at home, we now have a narrative of an overbearing owner dismantling a successful front office-coaching tandem...
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