Chad Buchanan Rumors

Olshey said he is “open to anything” in terms of retaining members of the current Blazer management staff, including Buchanan (director of college scouting), Mike Born (director of NBA scouting) and assistant GMs Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry. Olshey is scheduled to leave on a Wednesday morning flight to Chicago to join the others at the pre-draft camp there. “They are all really good guys,” Olshey said. “All I said to them was, ‘We’re working together. Don’t make this seem like an audition process, like you’re being evaluated. Create work product, share in the vision we’re trying to establish and all those other things will take care of themselves.’
It is unknown whether Olshey will keep the Blazers’ current basketball operations staff, which includes Chad Buchanan, who served as acting general manager for the past year. Most of the staff is under contract through June 2014, including Buchanan, the team’s director of college scouting; Mike Born, director of NBA scouting; and assistant general managers Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry.
But one source close to the situation said to not dismiss the idea that interim GM Chad Buchanan could remain in charge, especially if Blazers owner Paul 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.
The minor leagues are returning to Portland. Well, sort of. The Trail Blazers and NBA Development League affiliate Idaho Stampede announced a “hybrid” partnership Tuesday, giving the Blazers full control over all basketball operations of the minor league basketball team. The move, which makes the Stampede the sole affiliate of the Blazers, establishes a Major League Baseball-like farm system in which the Blazers pick the coaching staff, select the player roster and run all basketball aspects of the team. “You’re trying to win games at that level, but ultimately you’re trying to develop talent,” Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said. “I think this a great opportunity to groom and work with some young players and young coaches.”
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.
The days of Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach, Buck Williams, in the Rose City appears to be dwindling due to other priorities the team is working on at the moment and he’s concerned. Assistant coaches for the Trail Blazers are only granted one-year deals and Williams has language in his contract that gives the team two weeks after the season is completed to notify him if they’re going to extend him another year or not.The end of that two week period is today and acting general manager Chad Buchanan says the team will not extend Williams’ deal and will let the next head coach bring in his own crew. “I just want to remain a Blazer somehow,” Williams said. “I spent a lot of time in Portland and love it here. But, I understand a new coach has the right to pick his own staff.”
Difference between you and other GMs? Chad Buchanan: “Other than my title, I don’t think there’s a whole lot. Obviously there are some guys out there still watching their teams play, which I wish we were. But from a management regard, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of difference between how we’re running things right now and how other teams are. We’re getting ready for the Draft and free agency, I think that’s what the majority of teams are doing right now. Especially those who aren’t in the playoffs right now.” Do you ever feel like, ‘Hey, give me the title?’ Chad Buchanan: “I think there’s part of that. How our team played this year doesn’t help my case. I really enjoy working for the organization, being in the role of Acting GM, I’ve learned a lot this year that I think is going to help me down the road. I think if our team had played a little better, that would have helped my case a little bit. I understand that. There’s a lot of good quality candidates that are out there that are more experienced than me, that have had more success than I’ve had so I understand that. If now’s not the time, I understand it. Maybe down the road it will be. For the time being, I’m just going to get ourselves prepared for the Draft and free agency until I’m told what position I’m going to be in permanently, I’m not going to change my mindset.”