Neil Oshley Rumors
“I went in early to the facility to start cancelling my checkbook, my credit cards,’’ Plumlee said. “And someone said, ‘Neil wants to meet with you.’’’ When Plumlee arrived at the office of Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations, coach Terry Stotts was also in the office. “They told me I wasn’t going to practice today,’’ Plumlee said. Plumlee, the Blazers’ starting center who was having a career season, had been traded to Denver for 22-year-old center Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first round pick.
In the segment, Ropp talked about what led up to his firing, and assigns blame to Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. “It’s Neil Olshey, is who it is,” Ropp says at about the 2:30 mark. “I called him the ‘Sports Trump’ because that guy is the most sensitive guy I’ve ever seen in this business. Ever.”
CSN Northwest vice president and general manager Larry Eldridge, in an email exchange with The Oregonian/OregonLive, said the decision to fire Ropp was his, not Olshey’s. “It was totally, 100 (percent) my decision to remove Isaac from Talkin’ Ball,” Eldridge wrote. “The team/(Neil) Olshey did not participate at all in that decision.”
But — maybe for different reasons — Olshey and Demps persevered. And the Clippers not only wound up with Paul, but with Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups to go with DeAndre Jordan and Mo Williams and, of course, Bad Blake. “What I learned about Dell is he’s no pushover,” Olshey said Saturday night. “He’s a pretty creative thinker. He had all kinds of deals going … if you’re going to go do a deal with him, make sure you know what it is you’re exactly after. Because he’s going to do it all the way through.”
“The one positive in all of this is it’s not like it’s your father’s Oldsmobile,” Olshey said. “It’s not like it’s three years ago and we were hijacking a guy to a 19-win team. If we were the team from a year ago, I might have given in. But you can’t tell me, coming in to play with the roster we have, and being a starter, and Chauncey can now play the ball more with the ball out of his hands, we might extend his career two or three years. It was not comfortable, sitting with Chauncey. It was not a comfortable thing. Moving Eric Gordon, our second best player, the confidence we could move him to get Chris had a lot to do with Chauncey being here.”