Beilein, 66, has been entertaining thoughts about the NBA for several years and had detailed discussions with two franchises a year ago — Orlando and Detroit — before deciding to return to Michigan. Beilein didn’t want to move his wife that far from Michigan, and the Pistons borderline playoff roster with little financial flexibility to make changes made staying in-state less appealing. Cleveland’s rebuild status, based on point guard Collin Sexton and a 14 percent chance — along with New York and Phoenix — to earn the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery were appealing to Beilein.
May 24, 2019 | 4:16 pm EDT Update
“Neil has done an exceptional job finding and keeping the talent that has made the Trail Blazers a perennial playoff team, culminating in this season’s magical run to the Western Conference Finals,” said Jody Allen, Trustee of Paul G. Allen Trust. “I have great confidence in the culture he has created in Portland, and I look forward to seeing it thrive and grow for years to come.”
“I am honored to extend my tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers under the leadership of Jody Allen, the ongoing partnership with Bert Kolde, Chris McGowan and Terry Stotts and in the memory of Paul G. Allen,” said Olshey. “Leslie, Connor, James and I love Portland and feel blessed to be a part of the future of Rip City.”
Ian Begley: Nets GM Sean Marks is among many execs at Priority Sports Pro Day today. Knicks and Nets – & likely the 28 other teams – have execs there. Brandon Clarke, Carsen Edwards, Bruno Fernando, Ethan Happ, Ty Jerome, Isaiah Roby, Admiral Schofield, Max Strus, Dylan Windler are there.
SMU guard Jimmy Whitt has entered the NCAA transfer portal, sources told Pony Stampede. Whitt announced on March 18 that he was entering the 2019 NBA Draft, but it appears he’ll head elsewhere for his final year of eligibility as a graduate transfer.
The Raps can book their first-ever trip to the Finals with a win on Saturday night on home court, making Game 6 the most highly anticipated game in franchise history. Ticket resellers, naturally, have reacted accordingly. Scotiabank Arena is completely sold out, meaning fans will need to turn to the secondary market if they don’t want to miss out. Tickets prices have skyrocketed, with the cheapest we found going for above $600 CAD on StubHub and verified ticket resales on Ticketmaster.