GM candidate Jeff Bower
It's no secret that Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is very particular about who he wants as the next GM for the Portland Trail Blazers.
And as we've seen happen in the firings of past GMs Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho, Mr. Allen is also not afraid to change his mind at any given moment.
The search for the next GM in Portland began last May, when former GM Rich Cho was fired less than a year after he had been hired. The search continues today, but finally it appears that there is progress.
Former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower was interviewed by Allen and other members of Blazers management last week. This week, current Pacers GM David Morway is also being interviewed.
That's two candidates who have track records of success as general managers in the NBA, which is exactly what Portland needs.
Here's a quick rundown of each candidate.
- Served as Hornets GM twice. He held the position in 2002-03 and from 2005-10.
- In an ESPN study, it was highlighted that Bower and the Hornets had the best draft record of any team in the league in the past decade, highlighted by Chris Paul (2005), David West (2003) and Darren Collison (2009).
- The 2007-08 Hornets finished at 56-26 and won the first division title in franchise history.
- Has been the Pacers GM since May of 2008.
- Drafted future star guard Paul George, acquired David West through free agency and made trades that brought in Darren Collison and George Hill.
- After four straight years of missing the playoffs, the Pacers have made it the past two under team president Larry Bird and Morway's watch. This year's team ended up with the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Portland is interviewing the right type of candidates, but no matter who is eventually hired, they need to be given a chance to succeed.
The Blazers' offseason situation should look tantalizing to prospective GMs, and Portland should be able to garner interest from top candidates such as these. It needs to happen soon, though, because the draft is approaching quickly.
And no matter what the Blazers do with their draft picks, I think we all know that draft night 2012 could very well be a landmark day for the franchise.