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Neil Olshey's new contract to be the Portland Trail Blazers' general manager is a three-year deal with a team option for the fourth year, reports Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest. Olshey, who had initially agreed to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers for one more year before abruptly bolting to sign with the Blazers, took the deal instead of letting the Clippers get a chance to match it.
Sources say the Trail Blazers reached out to Olshey over the weekend and offered him a three-year deal with a team option on the fourth.
The Clippers were willing to match whatever the Trail Blazers threw out there, but ultimately Olshey decided to take his talents to Portland.
Concerns over salary appear to be what eventually drove Olshey to Portland. According to Haynes and other reporters, Olshey was one of the lowest-paid general managers in the league last year and was even being paid month-to-month. This all despite being the man who, with a lot of help of course, orchestrated the blockbuster Chris Paul trade.
12 months ago Article 5 comments
Neil Olshey won't find stability with the Blazers, but he will have a cache of resources at his disposal in comparison with his time with the Clippers. But what will Portland get in Olshey?
12 months ago Update 1 comment
Mere minutes after reports emerged that Clippers GM Neil Olshey would leave Los Angeles and be offered the job as the Portland Trail Blazers' general manager, the Blazers have announced Olshey as their general manager.
Blazers owner Paul Allen, who was reportedly at the center of a conflict that led to former Portland GM Rich Cho being forced out in the 2011 offseason, really seems to like Olshey.
"He has the skills and the vision to successfully guide our organization into a new era of Trail Blazers basketball. He’s proven that he can quickly turn around a franchise, and we are confident he can do that in Portland."
Olshey's turnaround in Los Angeles took the Clippers from having the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to winning a postseason series for just the second time in franchise history in the 2011-12 season.
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Clippers general manager Neil Olshey, responsible for swinging the trade that brought Chris Paul to Los Angeles, is now on his way out of Orange County. Olshey and the Clippers are parting ways, the team has announced, and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz reports that Olshey will likely head up the West Coast to Portland.
Olshey and the Clippers had previously agreed in principle on a contract extension that would have kept him as Los Angeles' vice president of basketball operations and general manager, but the Clippers say they and Olshey "mutually agreed to end discussions concerning Olshey's future with the team."
Arnovitz reports that Olshey will be offered the general manager position by Portland. Olshey had previously met with the Trail Blazers in London, and was reportedly a finalist to become Portland's first big-name GM since Rich Cho was released in the 2011 offseason.
Olshey had been with the Clippers for almost a decade, and was the architect of the "Lob City" Clips, having drafted Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan, and flipped Gordon to the New Orleans Hornets in the deal that brought Paul to the bright lights of Los Angeles.
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Neil Olshey, the man that made Lob City a reality, has agreed to terms to remain the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations.