By DWIGHT JAYNES (@dwightjaynes)
Some early thoughts about new Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey:
-- Of all the existing Trail Blazer personnel-- assistant GMs, assistant coaches, the interim head coach, the acting general manager, scouts, etc. -- sitting around waiting to find out their fate under a new general manager, the most secure one may be head coach Kaleb Canales. He shares the same agent with Olshey. That agent is Warren LeGarie, who is said to encourage his clients to hire or retain his other clients.
-- Speaking of LeGarie, he got into trouble with the Trail Blazers during the time when Tom Penn was speaking with Minnesota about its vacant GM job. Rumor has it the Blazers were told by LeGarie that Penn had an offer from the T-Wolves, something that was later denied by team personnel. This time, the Trail Blazers found themselves in a somewhat similar situation, as one of two teams bidding for another executive.
An agent's job, of course, is to create competition for his client, which drives up the price.
-- There are people in Los Angeles who are not so willing to give Olshey credit for much of the good work done recently with the Clippers. That doesn't matter at all, now. We'll find out because Portland is a dream scenario for a general manager looking to build a team and a reputation.
-- A great GM situation? How about this: Name your own coach, you have two lottery picks, nice cap space and an owner who will open the checkbook if it makes sense. NBA jobs don't get much better than that for a new GM.
-- In case you don't remember it, here's a get-acquainted blog post about Olshey I wrote a short time ago.