According to the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Spurs Vice President of Basketball Operations Danny Ferry, is one of the top candidates to replace Rich Cho as General Manager in Portland.
The Blazers surprised many when they fired highly-touted GM, and former Spurs scout, Kevin Pritchard.
Pritchard’s replacement, Cho, was fired on Monday after being with the franchise for less than a year, because he “didn’t fit.”
If anyone can get the Blazers back on the right track, it would be Ferry, but would the pay raise and promotion be enough for Ferry to consider working for Paul Allen and Larry Miller.
Allen said his firing of Cho was part of the franchise’s commitment to building the Blazers into a championship contender.
Many considered the Blazers an up-and-coming team that could be a championship contender while Pritchard was GM, and even Cho pulled off an excellent trade, bringing Gerald Wallace to Portland. From an outsider’s perspective, any shortcomings by the Blazers are due to bad decision making on the part of the owner and instability in the front office.
As John Karalis said on Crossover Chronicles on Monday, the Blazers may have a challenge ahead of them in bringing in a top-notch GM.
Portland has gone from “hot, up-and-coming team” to “potential laughingstock” in a matter of a couple of seasons. Portland’s rise has been stunted once. Who knows if Cho could have kept the momentum going, but the Wallace move was a great start. But now no GM worth his salt will want to run the Blazers because he’ll know he’s not really running the team.
If Allen and Miller are able to bring Ferry aboard, it would be a huge loss to both the Spurs and Austin Toros front office.
But just as several current and former Spurs personnel have been mentioned as top candidates for openings, it’s not a surprise at all to see Ferry being considered for another GM job.