ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
ThePortland Trail Blazers gave it a valiant effort, but at the end ofthe day, couldn't lure in Steve Kerr to be their next generalmanager.
Thisis the second time Steve Kerr has turned down the Trail Blazers'offer after the Oregonian reported so the first time.
Kerr'sagent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports Basketball says it was aflattering gesture by the Trail Blazers, but it just wasn't the righttime.
It'sjust something he's not looking to do right now, Bartelstein toldCSNNW.com. Steve is happy with his current gig. It was nodisrespect to the Blazers' organization, Mr. (Paul) Allen, or LarryMiller, he's just enjoying what he's doing right now.
Kerr,47, is currently a NBA broadcaster for TNT and likes the flexibility hisjob contains in allowing him to be with his family more often.
Knowingthat, Miller still managed to arrange a lunch meeting in San Diego inhopes of persuading him to take his talents to Portland back on April21.
AlthoughKerr's agent publicly said his client was never interested in leavingTNT and returning to the executive seat, CSNNW.com learned Kerr wasseriously wrestling with the possibility of becoming the TrailBlazers' next GM and that talks between himself and Miller have beenongoing for weeks.
However,it appears Kerr will continue his role as a television analyst for alittle while longer, but I think this flirtation proved he still hasthe itch to get back into management.
Kerr was a five-timeNBA champion during his 15-year career as a player and spent threeseasons as the GM for the Phoenix Suns.