Chris Mullin is in the mix for the Portland Trail Blazers' general manager job, according to sources close to the situation.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 22, 2012
The Blazers have been without an official GM since last spring, when they fired Rich Cho and promoted Director of Scouting Chad Buchanan to the position of acting interim GM. The intervening season saw Portland get off to a fast start before flailing to a 28-38 record and failing to reach the playoffs for the sixth time in nine years as a result.
Whether Mullin is the best man to cure the ills that ail the Trail Blazers is another story entirely. As Grantland's Bill Simmons noted back in March, Mullin was responsible for a dizzying string of poor personnel decisions during his five-year tenure, including:
- drafting Andris Biedrins (11th overall in 2004), Ike Diogu (ninth overall in 2005), Patrick O'Bryant (ninth overall in 2006), Brandan Wright (eighth overall in 2007), Marco Belinelli (18th overall in 2007) and Anthony Randolph (14th overall in 2008)
- trading for Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Marcus Williams
- and signing Adonal Foyle, Derek Fisher, Corey Maggette and Biedrins to expensive free-agent contracts or extensions.
On the bright side, Mullin built the "We Believe" Warriors, who upset the top-seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs on the stellar play of Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis, all of whom were acquired on Mullin's watch.
Per Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, the Blazers have already reached out to Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack, Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond and Indiana Pacers GM David Morway, among others.