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May 30, 2012 Updates

The Trail Blazers have narrowed their search for a general manager to three finalists and expect to hire a candidate “soon,” team president Larry Miller said on Tuesday. The finalists are believed to be former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower; Indiana general manager David Morway and Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey. Agent Steve Kauffman confirmed Allen interviewed Bower and Morway early this month, and Ken Berger of CBSsports.com reported that Olshey interviewed with Allen recently in London. “We’ve had three people in front of Paul, and now we are down to the vetting process and checking backgrounds,’’ Miller said on Tuesday. “We’ve done a lot of that already, so we should be able to move fairly quickly. We will talk through the decision and talk details ... it could happen pretty soon.’’ Oregonian

Larry Miller said Tuesday the Trail Blazers have narrowed the list of candidates for their vacant general manager position to three, “and we are pretty close to making a decision.” “We are in the final vetting stages of seeing whether we can make a hire,” said Portland’s team president, who refused to lay a time line for the decision. Portland Tribune

May 24, 2012 Updates

The Magic also are interested in speaking with Pacers general manager David Morway and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, both of whom have interviewed twice for the Trail Blazers' opening, and former Portland GM and current Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard, sources said. CBSSports.com

May 21, 2012 Updates

So the Magic embark on a coaching and front-office search, and there should be no shortage of big names and capable people available. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, who has interviewed twice for the Trail Blazers' GM post, vaults to the top of the list to replace Smith. Bower and Martins worked together in New Orleans, and Bower is widely regarded as one of the shrewdest executives in the business. David Morway, the Pacers' GM who also has interviewed twice for the Portland job, should be considered. CBSSports.com

May 16, 2012 Updates

The Trail Blazers' search for a general manager will likely include "two or three" more candidates, who will join Jeff Bower and David Morway as finalists, president Larry Miller said. Bower, the former New Orleans general manager, and Morway, the general manager of the Pacers, are the only candidates who have interviewed with owner Paul Allen. "We are still looking to get a least a few more people in front of Paul ... at least two or three," Miller said. "We are still going through the process of determining who those folks are." Oregonian

Last week, CSNNW.com brought to light a 2005 story from the San Diego Tribune that reported Morway was sued by former Major League pitcher Greg W. Harris for fraud and racketeering while Morway was his agent. The matter was settled in 1999 for an undisclosed amount. Before joining the NBA in 1999, Morway was the founder and owner of Professional Excellence Sports, Inc., a sports agency. Miller this week said he was aware of the claims made against Morway, but said "I wouldn't say it is a deterrent" in Morway's candidacy. "We are going to do our due diligence," Miller said. "We would do it anyway with any potential candidate, and it's the same with him. It's something we felt like we needed to learn more about. There is always two sides, and there is always what is out there, and what really happened. So we are trying to figure out what happened." Oregonian

I could see them hiring someone like former Knicks GM Donnie Walsh or Pacers GM David Morway there. As for Dwight Howard, I think everyone realizes he's gone sooner or later and the focus will be on how to best rebuild the team. ESPN.com

Given that they've had3 different GMs the last three years, I think you can understand why (the Blazers) are treading carefully to try to make sure they find the right person. They've interviewed Jeff Bower and David Morway. Sounds like they want to talk to at least one more candidate. I think they feel like they have enough organization in place to be patient. ESPN.com

Former New Orleans GM and coach Jeff Bower and current Indiana GM David Morway are the two who have already interviewed. Bower met with Miller and Bert Kolde, the Blazers’ director of the board of directors, in Seattle, then interviewed with Allen in New Orleans (the Blazer owner happened to be there for a music festival). Morway met with Miller and Kolde in Indianapolis, then flew to Seattle for a get-together with Allen. Miller says Bower and Morway are still being considered for the job, along with Chad Buchanan, the director of college scouting who is handling the post on an interim basis. Portland Tribune

May 14, 2012 Updates

The general manager search continues for the Portland Trail Blazers as owner Paul Allen recently interviewed two GM candidates – former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower and current Indiana Pacers GM David Morway. Trail Blazers' president, Larry Miller, says they're not done conducting interviews and the plan is to have at least three candidates sit down with Allen before it's all said and done. “We'll keep interviewing,” Miller told CSNNW.com. CSNNW.com

May 11, 2012 Updates

Indiana Pacers general manager and Portland Trail Blazers GM candidate, David Morway, who is expected to meet with owner Paul Allen today, has an interesting past that found him being sued by one of his former clients back when he was an agent representing professional athletes. This 2005 San Diego Union-Tribune reports former San Diego Padres pitcher Greg W. Harris, filed a lawsuit against Morway for “fraud” and “racketeering” in 1999 and an undisclosed settlement was agreed upon. Soon after, Morway left the agent business and joined the Pacers' staff the following year. CSNNW.com

Morway's agent, Steve Kauffman, told CSNNW.com that he knew nothing of this and refused to comment on anything further. Brent Schrotenboer, who reported this suit seven years ago, says he contacted the Pacers regarding this matter and they dismissed it. CSNNW.com

May 10, 2012 Updates

Source confirms Yahoo report that Indiana GM David Morway will have a 2nd interview with Portland for GM spot on Friday. This will be his first interview with owner Paul Allen. Sulia

The Trail Blazers' two-person search committee was in Indianapolis on Wednesday interviewing Indiana Pacers executive David Morway for the Blazers' general manager position. Team president Larry Miller and Bert Kolde, the head of the Blazers' board of directors, interviewed Morway, who has been the Pacers' general manager since 2008 and with the organization since 1999. Morway is the fourth candidate who has interviewed for the position, joining agent Noah Croom, former Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. Oregonian

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