Memo to Danny Ferry: pass on the Portland Trail Blazers
Former Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry has emerged as one of the first front-office targets of the Trail Blazers after they abruptly fired Kevin Pritchard on draft night, according to sources with knowledge of Portland’s thinking.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Danny, don’t do it! Don’t take the Portland Trail Blazers’ front office job.
I know you’re on the rebound after parting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. I know you’re anxious to re-establish yourself as an NBA executive. And I know you’re confident -even for a Duke guy.
We get it.
But notice the warning signs. They’re redder than David Hasselholff’s nose after a night on the town. And they’re scarier than ‘Hoff’s’ music videos.
For instance, executive Tom Penn was mysteriously fired by the Blazers. The club justified the move by leaking unsubstantiated rumors of Penn being involved in a human resources dispute.
More recently, GM Kevin Pritchard was fired moments before the NBA draft, but asked to participate in the war room.
Penn and Pritchard are highly respected by their peers around the league; however, they were treated with no respect.
Danny, this could be you if you take the Blazers job. Owner Paul Allen is a Microsoft tyrant who will make your former boss, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, look tame.
Allen will scheme behind your back, too. He’ll interfere. He’ll meddle. And he’ll interview candidates for your position while you’re on the payroll. After all, Allen allegedly talked to Oklahoma City executive Sam Presti about replacing Pritchard -even though Pritchard was still on the job.
Danny, I know it’s hard, but pass on Portland. Forget Brandon Roy. Forget LaMarcus Aldridge. And forget one of the NBA’s most loyal fan bases.
None of that will matter when dealing with Allen. His true colors have been revealed these last few weeks.