ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
ThePortland Trail Blazers have met with three candidates for theirvacant general manger position and Trail Blazers' president Larry Miller says it's decision-making time.
Wehave to make a decision now, Miller said. We've had threecandidates, total, meet with Paul (Allen) and hopefully we'll have a GMin place pretty soon.
Thosethree candidates are believed to be former general manger of the New OrleansHornets, Jeff Bower, current general manager for the Indiana Pacers,David Morway, and general manager for the Los Angeles Clippers, NeilOlshey.
Millerstill wouldn't issue a timetable on when they would name their nextgeneral manger, but says that he, Bert Kolde and owner Paul Allenwill be in constant communication deciding who their next guy willbe.
Therewas a lot of interest for this position and the process was so longbecause we had to wait for certain teams to finish out their season,Miller said. We're confident that we'll bring in the right guy andwe're happy with who we've interviewed.
Trail Blazers acting general manager, Chad Buchanan, has not been interviewed for the position so you can assume he is not a finalist.
The Trail Blazers' general manager post has been vacant for over a year and Miller has always said the team's main priority was to bring in a general manger before the 2012 NBA Draft.
It appears that will be accomplished.
Judging by how long Bower and Morway had to wait before the Trail Blazers interviewed Olshey, looks as if Olshey is the frontrunner for the position.
The Clippers announced today that Vinny Del Negro will remain the head coach after leading the team to the second round of the NBA playoffs. It is unknown how much Olshey is part of that decision-making process.
Nevertheless, a new general manger is on it's way and that bodes well for the city of Portland.