Neil Olshey Rumors
Al-Farouq Aminu: Headed to Portland with my guy Neil Olshey, who believed in me since day one. Much love. Rip city here I come: 2 more rumors
The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Nicolas Batum, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “Nic Batum was a key contributor to all of our recent success,” said Olshey. “He will truly be missed as a person and a player. We wish Nic all the best for the future.”
Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears on John Canzano’s Bald-Faced Truth radio show talking about the Trail Blazers: “This is a rumor. Let me say that three times. This is a rumor. This a rumor. This is a rumor. Blake Griffin. Obviously, there’s a connection there with the GM. And you wonder, if LaMarcus is interested in the Clippers, playing with Chris Paul. Could Neil Olshey get his old superstar with the Clippers in Portland?
Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears on John Canzano’s Bald-Faced Truth radio show talking about the Trail Blazers: “This is a rumor. Let me say that three times. This is a rumor. This a rumor. This is a rumor. Blake Griffin. Obviously, there’s a connection there with the GM. And you wonder, if LaMarcus is interested in the Clippers, playing with Chris Paul. Could Neil Olshey get his old superstar with the Clippers in Portland? I think you get to a point where – Neil is smart. You’ve got to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with LaMarcus and say, “Hey, do you really want to be here or do you think you want to go. Because f you really want to go, help us – the same way Steve Nash helped the Suns. Don’t just walk away. Try to help out Portland in the process.”
Will Batum be on the Blazers roster next season to avenge his bad play? He’s scheduled to make around $11.8 million for the 2015-16 season, which is the final of his four-year contract. There have been rumblings the Blazers could look to move Batum this offseason, maybe around draft time, where GM Neil Olshey promised the team would be “very active.” Asked about the possibility of being traded this offseason, Batum said: “If that happens, it happens. That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better.”
Mike Tokito: Neil Olshey on summer: “It’s going to be fun.” Said he knew there was a 3-year window with the current roster.
Mike Tokito: Neil Olshey claims media (us) asked Aldridge the same question 8 different times today. Gotta check the tape.
“Jerome was an incredible influence on our players as a model for life after basketball,” said Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “He set the bar extremely high with his long-lasting influence in this community.”
Olshey said the Blazers are “active” in looking for pieces to improve the roster, and seemed to steer his interest toward establishing depth at wing – either a shooting guard or a small forward. In particular, Olshey said he wants a player with specific qualities: A shooter who is also a willing passer as well as a smart defender.
“This extension is a validation of the efforts of the entire Trail Blazers front office and an endorsement of the level of commitment expected of us by our owner Paul Allen,” said Olshey. “The level of passion for this franchise by our owner, season ticket holders and fans, drives us to build a team that this community can be proud of.”
“Our team has made great strides under Neil’s leadership, and I am excited to extend his contract,” said Allen. “Neil has done an outstanding job as General Manager by quickly rebuilding our team into a playoff contender. The franchise is clearly on the upswing, and I hope to see further improvements in the years to come.”
Sam Amick: Well-deserved extension for Blazers GM Neil Olshey. I’m told it’s three years guaranteed, with a team option for the fourth year.
Kevin Arnovitz: Filing shortly to ESPN: The Portland TrailBlazers are finalizing a 3-year extension for General Manager Neil Olshey.
“This is a significant announcement for our organization and our fans. I look forward to continuing to partner with Neil to move the franchise forward,” said Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan.