PORTLAND, Ore. – The Atlanta Hawks wanted to interview Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey for a front office position but were rebuffed by Blazers ownership, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports the Hawks wanted to talk with Olshey about their general manager opening.
“Atlanta tried to take a big swing for Olshey, Portland’s President of Basketball Operations. Blazers ownership didn’t budge,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
Atlanta tried to take a big swing for Olshey, Portland's President of Basketball Operations. Blazers ownership didn't budge. https://t.co/85JCsIGPPe— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 19, 2017
He says the Hawks asked the Blazers if they could interview Olshey but the Blazers denied their request.
Olshey was named the team’s general manager in 2012 and was promoted to president of basketball operations in 2015.
The Blazers' unwillingness to let the Hawks interview Olshey shows ownership is committed to Olshey and the direction of the franchise.
Olshey is responsible for building the current Blazers roster, including drafting star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, as well as trading for center Jusuf Nurkic last season. He’s also received criticism for last summer’s free agent signings, including Allen Crabbe’s $75-million contract and Evan Turner’s $70-million deal.
The Blazers have three first-round picks in next month’s NBA Draft.