HoopsHype Tom Penn rumors

April 13, 2014 Updates

Boston has seven first-round draft picks in the next three drafts, not to mention young and promising players like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. But transformative opportunities don't come along all that often, so patience and poise are required from here as general manager Danny Ainge looks to seize the right opportunities yet again. "That's always the second prong of the plan, is that 'If we can't get great young guys to grow up together like Oklahoma City did, then we'll at least make a strategic trade at the right time,'" ESPN analyst and former Portland Trail Blazers assistant general manager Tom Penn told USA TODAY Sports. "Projecting and foreseeing the likelihood of that happenings is really hard, but the first step of making that a possibility is to get access to a lot of young, promising assets. The best positioned franchise to do that over the next three years is going to be Boston." USA Today Sports

"The ninth team in the West has a better body of work for the season than every single team in the East," Tom Penn, the former vice president of basketball operations for the Portland Trailblazers and a current ESPN analyst told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick. "I mean 49 or 50 wins in the West is so much more impressive than the 55 or 56 that Indiana or Miami is going to stumble to. "And in fact, if the playoff format was such that Indiana or Miami had to face off against the ninth team in the West, they'd have a challenge on their hands big-time with the way they're playing. Those (West) teams are charging to the finish. Everything is relative. There should be an asterisk on everything based on the uneven schedule." USA Today Sports

February 23, 2014 Updates

Tom Penn, a former NBA executive and now an ESPN analyst, sees a team with the ability to make moves. "They've just made contractual commitments to a number of players and they are sort of capped out for the near future," Penn said of the Nuggets. "So you either really like what you've got and just hold and wait for everybody to get healthy, or you look to get different. And they have a number of pieces they can move in order to get different." He mentioned 24-year-old forward Kenneth Faried as someone who might draw interest. "I would think there would be a ton of interest in him as young as he is and as impactful as he's been," Penn said. "The fact that McGee is hurt really hurts them, I think, because he would be somebody who would be intriguing on the market. (Team president) Josh Kroenke has done a nice job of adding players at good numbers, which always means they are tradeable. It means they are an asset instead of a log on your (salary) cap. So they have the flexibility to get different. The trick is how to get better." Denver Post

June 23, 2013 Updates

Billy McKinney, the Bucks scouting director and a friend of Hammond’s since their childhood days in Zion, Ill., has extensive front office experience and would seemingly draw strong consideration to replace Weltman. Tom Penn has also been rumored as a potential Weltman replacement. Penn is an NBA analyst for ESPN who had worked four seasons with Portland as the Blazers vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager. Racine Journal-Times

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Meanwhile, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation, one of the three candidates mentioned for the job - Boston assistant general manager Mike Zarren - has withdrawn his candidacy. The Sixers have also interviewed ESPN analyst and ex-Portland Trail Blazers assistant general manager Tom Penn, whom they have cooled on, according to a source, and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Although Martins will not comment about the process, it appears that he has conducted initial interviews with six candidates and has no more interviews scheduled. Martins has shown interest in former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, San Antonio Spurs vice president/assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, Oklahoma City Thunder vice president/assistant general manager Troy Weaver, Thunder assistant GM Rob Hennigan and Indiana Pacers director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard. In addition, CBSSports.com reported that Martins has met with former Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn. Orlando Sentinel

May 30, 2012 Updates

David Morway, the general manager of the Indiana Pacers, is believed by many to be the favored candidate of Blazers president Larry Miller. Meanwhile, if you believe insiders, Allen confidante Bert Kolde is pushing for Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey. Trouble is, Olshey is a client of agent Warren LeGarie. Remember, LeGarie also represented former Blazers GMs John Nash and Kevin Pritchard as well as ex-assistant general manager Tom Penn. You'd think Allen wouldn't want to eat at that restaurant again. Also involved is former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. And I was told by someone close to the search that Allen had taken a sudden interest in Philadelphia 76ers senior vice president Tony DiLeo. Perhaps because Allen likes DiLeo, but maybe, too, because nobody in his inner circle seems to agree on the other candidates. Oregonian

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