Former Thunder Executive Rich Cho Hired As Blazers' New General Manager

Cho replaces Kevin Pritchard, who was once hailed as a visionary.

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Blazers Name Former Thunder Executive Rich Cho As New General Manager

The Blazers' long, weird general manager search is finally at it's end. According to Ben Golliver of SB Nation's Blazers blog Blazers Edge, the team has hired Rich Cho to be the team's new general manager.

The team confirmed the hire in a press release. 

Cho had been the assistant GM for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a rising young team that has been universally praised for their creativity in accumulating assets and young talent. Considering the circumstances surrounding former GM Kevin Pritchard's firing and the lingering threat of ownership meddling too much in personnel moves, the Blazers did extremely well to get someone as up-and-coming as Cho.

For more reaction, check out Blazers Edge.


Reports: Blazers GM Job Is Danny Ferry's 'To Turn Down'

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...

For more on the Blazers, check out Blazers Edge.


Blazers Fire Kevin Pritchard An Hour Before NBA Draft, Ask Him To Stick Around For Draft

The bar has just been raised for crazy sports owner everywhere (Dan Snyder, I'm looking at you to top this). After reportedly searching for a new GM the past few weeks, Blazers owner Paul Allen has fired GM Kevin Pritchard -- an hour before the NBA Draft is set to begin, according to Jason Quick of The Oregonian.

But that's not the best part. No, if Allen were merely axing his wildly successful GM for no apparent reason on the eve of the draft, that'd be nuts, but it wouldn't quite reach the level of mind-numbing illogic we're currently at. Indeed, the Blazers are going to have Pritchard run their draft for them, before sending him packing in the morning. Seriously. If this sounds like a set for the plot of the movie Major League (only it's the GM who wants to tank and not the owner), well, that's because it is.

What's Pritchard's incentive not to draft, say, Greg Paulus in the first round? Let us know who you'd take if you were Pritchard.

For more on this slow-motion trainwreck, check out Blazers Edge.


Report: Blazers Begin Searching For New GM, Kevin Pritchard Likely On Way Out

Things change quickly in the NBA. One day you're regarded as one of the brightest front office minds in the game, cleaning up a mess of a franchise and rapidly returning them to respectability, and the next you're...well this:

The Portland Trail Blazers have empowered a private headhunting firm to research and reach out to potential general manager candidates, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The use of the firm is further evidence embattled GM Kevin Pritchard has fallen out of favor with ownership and likely will be replaced before next season.

According to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski's report, the Blazers have targeted at least two current NBA executives, including Thunders boy wonder Sam Presti, who will almost assuredly not leave Oklahoma City now that he has them on the cusp of becoming legit contenders.

Pritchard has been rumored to be on the outs in Portland for months now, for no real apparent reason. Sure, he did bungle the 2007 draft, passing on Kevin Durant (and as good as Greg Oden was this season before getting hurt -- again -- he was nowhere near the stratosphere Durant has already reached), but this side of Bill Simmons, few front-office folks/pundits likely would have done differently. Aside from that, Pritchard boasts a very solid track record, with a series of astute draft picks, trades and signings, and has only been undermined by decided bad luck when it comes to player injuries.

Wojnarowski reports that Pritchard's likely firing comes as a result of losing a power struggle with team president Larry Miller, who occupies a key position in the Blazers' Byzantine front-office hierarchy. Indeed, Pritchard had lost his courtside seat next to owner Paul Allen this season after being rebuffed in attempts to renegotiate a contract extension, and, per Wojnarowski, the team had tired of Pritchard's "egocentric behavior".

If the Blazers do end up letting Pritchard go some team is going to find themselves a good GM in a league where that is a rare commodity.

For more on Pritchard and all things Blazers, check out our always excellent Portland blog, Blazers Edge.

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