The “San Antonio Express-News” reported Wednesday that according to their sources the Portland Trail Blazers are interested in San Antonio Spurs Vice-President Of Basketball Operations Danny Ferry as a candidate to become the club’s next General Manager. Portland fired Rich Cho from the position on Monday less than one year after he was hired as the team said that he was not a good fit for the team. Cho signed with the club last summer to replace former General Manager Kevin Pritchard who was dismissed by the Blazers the day the 2010 NBA Draft was held.
Ferry was the General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons before resigning last summer over philosophical differences with Team Owner Dan Gilbert. The Cavaliers made the Playoffs every season during his tenure and represented the Eastern Conference in the 2007 NBA Finals; the only time Cleveland has been in the NBA Championship round in the team’s history.
Who ever is hired to fill the position for Portland will have to deal with Team Owner Paul Allen who has taken a very hands-on role in the organization. Reports out of Portland indicate that it Allen and Cho were not on the same page on a number of issues which led to his dismissal. Portland had a record of 48-34 during the regular season. The team was the number six seed in the Western Conference and fell to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the Playoffs.