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.
Former Miami Heat executive Randy Pfund will be in Portland today to interview for the Trail Blazers’ general manager position, joining Danny Ferry as the only candidate to interview in person for the opening. Pfund was the general manager for the Heat when they won the NBA title in 2006. He resigned in 2008 after 13 seasons and has not been in the league for the past two seasons.
#Blazers have yet to officially contact Vandeweghe about GM job, sources say. Appears to be coming down to Ferry and Pfund at the moment.
Randy Pfund will interview Friday in Portland for Blazers GM position. Has already checked into downtown Portland hotel
Miller, who is out of town visiting family, said the Blazers’ search won’t move forward until Tuesday at the earliest because of the holiday weekend. When it does resume, it figures to involve an interview with former Miami general manager Randy Pfund and at least one other unknown candidate, perhaps Kiki Vandeweghe, who has been apprehensive about addressing the opening when asked about it.
The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to contact Randy Pfund as the next candidate in the organization’s search for a new general manager, a league source said. Pfund resigned as Miami’s GM in September 2008. He oversaw player personnel moves for 13 seasons, during which the Heat won an NBA championship and earned 10 postseason berths.
The second candidate for the Trail Blazers general manager opening is expected to be Randy Pfund, the former general manager of the Miami Heat. The Oregonian has learned that the Blazers will soon contact Pfund to set up a meeting. Pfund on Friday said in a text message that he will only offer a comment once a meeting has taken place. He would not say if a meeting had been scheduled.
Miller said Ferry was engaged in the two-day process, perhaps interviewing the Blazers as much as the Blazers interviewing him. “I’m sure he wants to make sure we are a good fit for him, just as well as we want to make sure he is a good fit for us,” Miller said. “But it went well. He fits our criteria.” Ferry was unavailable for comment and his agent, Lonnie Cooper, did not return messages. Miller said the search will continue in the coming days with more interviews. Other potential candidates are former Miami general manager Randy Pfund, former Denver and New Jersey general manager Kiki Vandeweghe, former Phoenix executive David Griffin. Mike Dunleavy, the former Blazers coach, and later general manager of the Clippers, is also believed to be interested.
Well, I wouldn’t mind seeing Randy Pfund get the job. I made a few calls to people I respect in the league Monday and I have to admit I didn’t know all that much about Pfund. He’s been living in Pat Riley’s shadow most of his professional life. But what I heard from people Monday is this: he’s a very, very smart guy who is a tireless worker. At the same time, he’s a guy who is very respected by the people he works with as a generous and kind man. He’s creative and clever and can put big deals together — he was instrumental in the Heat signing Alonzo Mourning and in trading for Shaquille O’Neal.