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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Trail Blazers have named Oklahoma City assistant GM Rich Cho as Portland's new general manager.

Cho started out as an intern with Seattle before moving up to assistant general manager. He stayed with the franchise when it moved to Oklahoma.

Rich is the perfect fit for our organization, said club President Larry Miller in a written statement. He has the right balance of basketball knowledge, business acumen and tremendous people skills. Everyone I spoke to about Rich commented not just on his qualifications but on who he is as a person. He is well known for his ability to connect genuinely with people. Rich will be a great fit for our organization and for Portland. He is an executive on the rise and we're thrilled to have him as a Trail Blazer.

Cho, who becomes the ninth general manager in Trail Blazers history, joins the Trail Blazers after spending the past nine seasons as assistant general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder.

I am extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and I will do everything I can to help this great team get even better, said Rich Cho. When I met with Mr. Allen, Larry Miller, and coach McMillan, it was immediately apparent to me that this organization has an incredible commitment to winning. As someone who grew up in the northwest, I m aware of the unbelievable passion and support that Trail Blazers fans have, and I m excited to be a part of this rich tradition.

The club fired former GM Kevin Pritchard on the day of the June draft.

The Blazers also considered former Cleveland GM Danny Ferry and former Miami GM Randy Pfund.

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Rich Cho enters his 11th season with the organization and his eighth as assistant general manager. Cho is responsible for contract negotiations, salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement matters, player contracts and all player personnel issues.

Cho has also served as the team's director of basketball affairs (1997-2000) and vice president of legal (2005-07).

As an attorney with experience on both the team and agent sides of professional sports, Cho calls upon his diverse skill set to aide the Thunder management staff. He also helped design and implement one of the NBA's most advanced and comprehensive college and professional player-evaluation systems.

A member of the Washington State Bar, Cho is a graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law with an emphasis in sports law, contract negotiations and dispute resolution.

Prior to attending law school, Cho earned his engineering degree from Washington State University and worked as an engineer at Boeing in Seattle for five years. He began his work with the team as an intern in May of 1995. He continued in that role until his graduation from law school in May of 1997 when he was hired as a part-time consultant.

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