Chad Buchanan Rumors
The Hornets have announced they’ve named Chad Buchanan as their assistant general manager. Buchanan spent the last 10 years with the Portland Trail Blazers, the last seven working as the director of college scouting. Buchanan also served as Portland’s acting general manager from 2011-12 and was responsible for all player transactions, including the 2011 NBA Draft and free agency.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland’s scouting director Chad Buchanan has reached agreement in principle to become Charlotte’s assistant GM, league sources tell Yahoo.
One of the longest-tenured members of the Trail Blazers’ front office could be on the move. The Charlotte Hornets have asked — and been granted — permission by the Blazers to interview Chad Buchanan for a vacant assistant general manager opening, Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey confirmed to the The Oregonian.
Chad Buchanan: In a best case scenario down the road, [Blazers GM] Neil [Olshey] has talked a lot about Chauncey Billups for Damian (Lillard). I think there are some similarities between those two guys and their temperament. Good pick and roll players. Not elite athletes but good enough athletes.
Chris Haynes: If Batum traded, the #Blazers must pay Batum 15% of what’s left on deal. But Buchanan says they can negotiate w/trading team on who pays it.
Chris Haynes: A little/a lot off topic: #Blazers Chad Buchanan confirms @Dwight Jaynes report on Nicolas Batum’s 15% trade kicker.
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.’
Blazers GM Neil Olshey on Chad Buchanan and Kaleb Canales: “If Chad [Buchanan] wants to be part of the future of the franchise, that’s something I’m open to… He’s someone I think highly of.” On Canales: “He’s the in-house favorite… At the end of the day, I don’t see anyone bringing more to the table than Kaleb Canales but we’re going to undergo a process to figure that out.”
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.
Trail Blazers’ president, Larry Miller, told CSNNW.com, Buchanan wouldn’t necessarily have to interview for the general manager position if they decided to hand the job to him because they feel they have a grasp of what Buchanan is capable of.
Multiple league sources have told CSNNW.com they don’t think either of the three candidates will get the job and they say Trail Blazers’ acting general manager, Chad Buchanan, “has become an option again.”
That feels like vanilla, and vanilla bean… I’m convinced that the longer this drags out the better chance that Chad Buchanan has of landing the job. I called some scouts who are in Minnesota this week for the pre-draft festivities and they tell me the Blazers search is all the buzz. As in, “Do they know what they’re doing here?!?!”
It’s become evident in the past 24 hours there’s considerable division among the lieutenants who advise Blazers owner Paul Allen. And maybe this happens at other places, but it appears that the fracture may have caused this search to take a step sideways and now the only good move for the Blazers is to promote interim GM Chad Buchanan and call it a year.
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.
Chad Buchanan, the Blazers’ director of college scouting who has served as interim GM for more than a year, is a fallback choice. “If we end up not hiring one of these three (finalists), or if somebody else doesn’t surface that we don’t know about now, we’d move Chad into the role,” Miller said.
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.”
“There were a couple guys who made a good impression on us, guys we liked during the year and were kind of reaffirmed that at the workout,” said Buchanan. “How they performed kind of backed up what we felt from them during the season. So there were a few guys who distinguished themselves, at least in our eyes.”
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.”
Bartelstein added that he envisions Kerr re-entering the NBA “in a few years,” but the Blazers won’t wait that long. The search appears to be wide open beyond him, but sources say the Blazers are determined to land an established executive and are prepared to have the current front office, headed by acting general manger Chad Buchanan, make the team’s draft selections on June 28 if they haven’t found the right candidate by then.