Neil Olshey Rumors
The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired the draft rights to forward Greg Brown III from New Orleans in exchange for a future second round draft pick and cash considerations, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Brown, 19, was selected by the Pelicans with the 43rd overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. “Greg Brown is a dynamic young player with a high ceiling,” said Olshey. “We’re excited to add him to our roster.”
That would give president of basketball operations Neil Olshey precious little time to turn his roster from a playoff disappointment into a contender (at least in the eyes of his star point guard). “I’m not sure how Olshey is going to get that done,” a former Western Conference executive said. “Everyone in the NBA knows [the Blazers] are up against it. No one is going to help Olshey solve the Lillard crisis.”
Chris Mannix: Lillard confirms that he intends to meet with Neil Olshey and Chauncey Billups today, as @Frank Isola reported. Adds that it’s not a “big, crazy meeting,” just a conversation.
In a most unusual introduction of a head coach to his new city and fans, the Portland Trail Blazers opened their June 29 news conference for Chauncey Billups by announcing they had completed their own investigation into decades-old rape allegations against him. President of basketball operations Neil Olshey assured a crowd of reporters in Portland the team had corroborated Billups’ recollection that “nothing nonconsensual” happened during the alleged November 1997 incident between Billups and his accuser, who civil court filings identify under the pseudonym, Jane Doe. “We did everything in our power to vet that incident,” Olshey said.
OPB attempted to retrace the team’s investigation into Billups. While the events of that November 1997 night remain in dispute, OPB found a number of basic steps the Trail Blazers do not appear to have taken in their review. The team declined to answer any of OPB’s questions about the thoroughness and intent of its investigation. The team’s review did not obtain information directly from several primary sources, including the accuser. “It’s news to us that they conducted an investigation,” said Margaret A. Burnham, attorney for Jane Doe.