Good news for the Portland Trail Blazers, bad news for our hopes of seeing a 2011-12 NBA season.
According to a league source, team president Larry Miller called all the candidates Portland had considered for the job over that span this past Thursday and told them they were out of the running.
Miller refuses to divulge the names of the interviewees.
Now, Miller and the Blazers are starting over, having reportedly compiled an entirely new list of GM candidates with an emphasis on extensive experience.
The list may or may not include 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and ex-Hornets GM Jeff Bower.
For the Blazers and their fans, this has to be good news.
Portland isn’t rushing to pick the first decent candidate it finds, which is a good sign considering it just fired two general managers in less than a year.
If it lands a veteran GM with some clout, the doors to some interesting new trades just might open up.
However, this news has to be grim for the 2011-12 season outlook in relation to the lockout.
If a franchise believes it has the time to abandon a four-month GM search and start from scratch, that franchise clearly doesn’t expect to be playing basketball games anytime soon.