The Portland Trail Blazers may seem uninterested evidently in one of the hottest names being considered by many to sit atop of their basketball management helm.
As detailed by Dwight Jaynes of The Oregonian, the Blazers haven’t kept in touch with Danny Ainge for a possible partnership to handle the general manager job of the franchise. Ainge, 62, has been rumored to take over and help superstar Damain Lillard and his beloved squad to reach further heights of competitiveness in the league after Neil Olshey was axed out of the position earlier this week.
The Oregon-born Ainge has deep connection with the Portland organization who even managed to play with them in two seasons during his professional playing days, highlighted by a trip to the 1992 NBA Finals. After 19 glorious and productive years of being the crafty team architect of the Boston Celtics, he submitted his resignation letter after last season.
While Chicago Bulls’ Marc Eversley, New York Knicks’ Scott Perry, Memphis Grizzlies’ Tayshaun Prince, and San Antonio Spurs’ Brent Brarry remain on the list for a long-term replacement at the high role, time will only tell what would be the moves that the Blazers will commit into moving forward. For now, Joe Cronin is tasked to become the interim GM, who is undoubtedly challenged to pull the strings in Portland’s current lopsided campaign, with the latest note coming from the fuming remarks of head coach Chauncey Billups after the 145-117 demolition of the Celtics on Saturday inside Moda Center.
The Blazers are holding an 11-13 card, good enough for the 10th spot in the wild Western Conference so far. They are scheduled to defend their home floor as the Los Angeles Clippers will take a visit on Monday.