Tom Penn Rumors
“The Kevin Durant drumbeat next year is going to be so loud because he will not commit early to Oklahoma City contractually because the rules are against that. He can’t get the same contract if he signs early as if he just goes to free agency and resigns. So if Sam Presti doesn’t get that commitment, he’ll look to to trade Kevin Durant. And looking at the performance of Westbrook and the team around Westbrook will make it easier for him to do that potentially.”
But what you might not be aware of is that NBA analyst and former NBA executive Tom Penn thinks Westbrook’s hot streak could have Oklahoma City Thunder management thinking about moving Durant next season: “I think this burst from Westbrook makes it much more likely that Durant ultimately gets traded next year. … Sam Presti has proven that he does not ever want to lose anybody for nothing. So he traded James Harden a year early to avoid a potential luxury tax problem a year later.
Tom Penn: I will tell you, that in my years in the front office, no less than five different occasions, my head coach came in upset, reeling and angry and demanding that we waive or get rid of a guy by Monday. I had one Hall of Fame coach come in and say “get rid of three guys by Monday or I quit.” It’s a very normal, emotional thing, because you want that head coach focused on the next three days rather than the next three years, which is the front office’s job.
ESPN analyst and veteran NBA executive Tom Penn has agreed to a multi-year extension with ESPN. Penn regularly contributes front office and basketball operations expertise to SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and additional studio programming. He also provides extensive analysis during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Draft. “Tom brings a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Tim Corrigan, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “We look forward to finding more opportunities which utilize his talents.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
John R. Finger: Hornets former GM, Jeff Bower, is also being considered for the Sixers’ GM job. Tom Penn is the frontrunner, though.
According to a source the 76ers are close to inking former Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn as their new general manager. Penn would replace president Rod Thorn, who is set to move to an advisory role with the team.
Former Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn is a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers’ day-to-day general manager position under team president Rod Thorn, league sources told CBSSports.com on Sunday.
According to sources the Orlando Magic are expected to put together a list of finalists for their general manager position by next weekend. Former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, former Portland Trail Blazers vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver are all under consideration.
Steve Kyler: Another source was far more confident saying DeVos family will interview Troy Weaver, Dennis Lindsey and Tom Penn this week
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.
There’s a sixth name on the Orlando Magic’s list of general manager candidates: former Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn, three league sources told CBSSports.com.
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.
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.
John Canzano: Warren LeGarie pushing hard for his guys — Kevin Pritchard and Tom Penn — with the Knicks. Doesn’t feel like the right fit.
Of course it wasn’t right, because Cho was an independent thinker who wanted what any GM in the NBA should have as long as his business card bears that title: autonomy. The Blazers do not believe in autonomy, unless your name is Paul Allen or you are employed by Allen’s Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. The “Vulcanites,” as NBA front office insiders call them, ran Pritchard and assistant GM Tom Penn out of Portland and now someone has run out their replacement. Cho probably doesn’t feel this way now, but he’s better off. Or at least that’s what his colleagues in the GM profession hope.
The Hornets also have expressed interest in former Trail Blazers execs Kevin Pritchard and Tom Penn and former Kings assistant GM Jason Levien. Also, Bucks assistant GM Jeff Weltman is expected to be on the Hornets’ radar. Weber flew back to New Orleans Sunday, and the Hornets are hoping to have a GM in place by midweek or the end of the week, sources say.
Jerry Colangelo, Kevin Pritchard and Tom Penn are available, but at this point don’t seem to be high on the Nets’ list. Toronto executives Bryan Colangelo and Maurizio Gherardini have been linked to the Nets as well, but it’s uncertain what their interest in either man is.