May 31

Amick: Don't Count Buchanan Out Yet

By caseyholdahl

Yesterday, team owner Paul Allen tweeted that the general manager search was down to four candidates. If reports are to be believed, those four candidates are Jeff Bower, David Morway, Neil Olshey and Tony DiLeo.

But according to's Sam Amick, don't count acting general manager Chad Buchanan out of the mix just yet.
Portland's search appears to be nearing an end, with sources confirming reports that Bower, Indiana general manager David Morway and Clippers general manager Neil Olshey are finalists. Blazers owner Paul Allen, however, tweeted on Wednesday that there are four candidates, and a source involved in the process confirmed a Comcast SportsNet Northwest report that the fourth is Philadelphia senior vice president Tony DiLeo.

But one source close to the situation said to not dismiss the idea that interim GM Chad Buchanan could remain in charge, especially if Allen loses his preferred replacement to Orlando. Buchanan has done good work since taking over for the fired Cho more than a year ago (aside from drafting Nolan Smith at No. 21 last year when Denver's Kenneth Faried was still available), and appears to be in Allen's good graces. I'm hearing this search could conclude next week, if not sooner.

Buchanan has mentioned that he thought the team's performance this season might have hurt this chances of getting the GM job on a permanent basis. Maybe that's the case, but if it is, you have to figure maybe his candidacy was helped by the team dodging a bullet and getting Brooklyn's No. 6 pick? With the Nets pick sewn up, that trade goes from being pretty good to a slam dunk. That's got to be fresh in Mr. Allen's mind considering the lottery just happened.


  1. I wouldn't worry about losing a candidate to Orlando unless we take too much time. Orlando is an absolute mess with Dwight Howard drama and all their salaries held by mediocre players with large contracts. Really no freedom to prove anything. Portland has the opposite. Franchise player is staying put, and the team has 2 high draft picks and cap spaces. I think Paul Allen will be able to choose whoever he wants.

    On the side, I do love the idea of having Buchanan as our GM. I was impressed by how the team handled the trade deadline day, and this guy used to be a college draft prospect scout, right? So he has my vote for the 2nd place...

    by Choong Huh on 5/31/2012 12:20 PM
  2. Hey Casey, that is good news to me. As I wrote in your blog yesterday that I preferred Chad, but was glad to get it over and go on. Not having a permanent GM was driving some fans over the edge.

    If the Nolan Smith pick was by committee then Chad should not have to be the scapegoat.
    Chad knows our system he now has experience and he has great communictions with all that is concerned, and he has legel attorneys to help him on the legel stuff.

    So ya why not keep him?

    by Hg on 5/31/2012 1:26 PM
  3. The new (or returning ;) GM should b the 1 that Sloan says he wants to work w/! Seriously, it's time to get Sloan here & give the man anything/1 he asks for!

    by Simpson on 5/31/2012 11:00 PM
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