Wednesday , May , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers extend GM Nash’s contract

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers announced Wednesday
that they have exercised the team’s option to extend the contract of general
manager John Nash. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nash, who is responsible for day-to-day basketball operations, is also in
charge of all player personnel decisions.

“We are very pleased to announce that John Nash will continue to be the
general manager of the Trail Blazers organization,” said team president Steve
Patterson. “In his role, John is the chief architect of our club. We recognize
that this is a very important offseason for our franchise and John gives us
the continuity that will help us achieve the vision for our basketball team.”

Portland went just 27-55 last year, which ties for the team’s worst season set
back in 1973-74.

“Under the ownership of Paul Allen and the leadership of President Steve
Patterson, I am very confident that we will achieve our organizational goals
of assembling a winning franchise and putting a team on the floor that the
people of Portland can be proud of each and every night,” said Nash. “I am
excited to finish what we have started the past two seasons and we will
explore every opportunity to return the Trail Blazers to the playoffs.”

While working with the Blazers since 2003, Nash has been responsible for the
draft-day trade for Atlanta forwards Theo Ratliff and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. He
was also instrumental in drafting guard Sebastian Telfair in the 2004 draft,
while also signing free agent center Joel Przybilla.

Prior to his arrival in Portland, Nash worked as a TV color commentator for
two seasons. Before that stint, Nash had been a GM in the NBA for 15 years,
which included stops in Philadelphia, Washington and New Jersey.

Nash was part of the Sixers organization when the club won the NBA title in