Randy Pfund Rumors
Stan Van Gundy always insisted he would never leave Florida unless he had the chance to coach in a warm-weather city, but when the Pistons offered him $7 million per year to coach and be the team’s top basketball executive, he couldn’t say no. Now he just needs a GM to handle the day-to-day operations. There’s one name we haven’t heard that makes the most sense: Former Heat executive Randy Pfund, who Van Gundy knows from when he was with Miami, when Pfund ran the front office for Pat Riley and Van Gundy was an assistant and head coach.
Multiple people have reached out to the Blazers about their GM job, but the team has not contacted or interviewed any potential candidates, including Buchanan. Further, the Blazers have indicated they probably will not consider any of the finalists they interviewed last summer before settling on Cho, including Danny Ferry and Randy Pfund. Miller was unwilling to talk in detail about the Blazers’ search and he refused to reveal what qualities and characteristics the team will look for in a candidate, except to say, “we want to make sure it’s somebody that fits with the organization and the owner.”
Randy Pfund, one of three finalists for the Trail Blazers general manager position last summer, said he would still be interested in the job. Pfund, the former general manager of the Miami Heat, said he has not been contacted by the Blazers, who announced Monday that they had fired Rich Cho after only 10 months on the job. But Pfund said if the team did reach out to him he would consider the job. “I’m sure if there was interest, I would certainly look into it … assuming those guys haven’t lost my number,” Pfund said with a chuckle. “We’ll see if anything develops.”
Randy Pfund, one of three finalists for the Trail Blazers general manager position last summer, said he would still be interested in the job now that Rich Cho has been fired. Pfund, the former general manager of the Miami Heat, said he has not been contacted by the Blazers, but he said if the team did reach out to him he would consider the job. “I’m sure if there was interest, I would certainly look into it … assuming those guys haven’t lost my number,” Pfund said with a chuckle. “We’ll see if anything develops.”
Pfund has not been in the NBA since resigning from the Heat in 2008 after 13 seasons, one of which included the 2006 NBA Championship. On Sunday, he was in Europe, where he has been conducting basketball camps. “I’m in Europe, but I heard the news, and I felt bad for Rich,” Pfund said. “But other than that, I haven’t put that much thought into it.”
A couple of things I’m pretty sure of, too. First, I believe there’s another candidate other than Danny Ferry, Richard Cho and Randy Pfund. Sources have told me that San Antonio assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey may also be among those considered. Lindsey would fit right in with the others – another low-profile guy who isn’t going to call a lot of attention to himself.
Blazers president Larry Miller said a meeting Friday with Randy Pfund to discuss the team’s vacant general manager position went well and was “very positive.” Asked if Pfund will receive a second interview, Miller said it is “very possible.” Pfund was the second candidate to interview for the job, following Randy Ferry.