Neil Olshey Rumors
Casey Holdahl: “I think this offseason we shift our focus to playoff-caliber guys, guys that hit the right benchmarks with a body of work that can really perform come April.” — Neil Olshey at the draft combine. “Probably one of the things we were a little too conservative with this offseason and at the trade deadline was, we were probably far too protective of our draft pick and our trade exceptions and the tools we had to continue to build the roster long term.” — Neil Olshey
Last season, a deep rift developed between the team and All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, to the point where Aldridge called former teammate Damian Lillard and asked him to approach general manager Neil Olshey about bringing Aldridge back to Portland, a person familiar with the conversation told B/R.
Q: Not a Blazers fan, but what do you think they should do next? — (Alex, Sacramento) Marc STEIN: I’m guessing you’re asking about the roster, but first we have to deal with the status of the coach (Terry Stotts) and the general manager (Neil Olshey). Throughout the Blazers’ first-round sweep by New Orleans, there were rumblings around the league that Stotts’ job was in jeopardy and that teams such as Orlando and Phoenix were ready to pounce if he indeed became available. But that talk has largely quieted since Portland’s early exit.
Joe Freeman: Neil Olshey said he spoke with Paul Allen last night and the Blazers’ owner said he was happy with the regular season “and the way we competed.” Allen’s message: “Find a way to get better.”
It’s been reported that Olshey has previously rejected offers for Lillard and McCollum. But that doesn’t mean the phones will stop buzzing. Even before this series, league executives had assumed that Olshey would break up the duo if they failed again. We’ll find out in due time, but the idea should be entertained.
Joe Freeman: Neil Olshey’s message to people calling for sweeping changes: “Where were all these people that wanted these sweeping changes 10 days ago. … It’s our job to be measured. And not overreact.”