On Monday afternoon, the Portland Trailblazers announced Neil Olshey as their new general manager. Last Friday, it seemed like Olshey would return as the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers. As it goes with the Clippers, the deal fell apart and Olshey headed to Portland.
For all of the changes the Clippers have made on the court this year, Donald Sterling is still the same owner. The same owner does not want to pay for coaches and in this case, a general manager. It’s makes more financial sense for Sterling to pick up Vinny Del Negro’s option for a third season as the Clippers’ head coach instead of spending money to bring in a name that could help take the team to the next level.
While the Clippers never quite recovered from Chauncey Billups’ injury this season, Olshey built a really strong team. Olshey was able to unload a seemingly toxic Baron Davis contract right before the 2011 trade deadline. He knew what he was doing and he deserved a pay increase for all of his work. Also, there was a rumor that Olshey wasn’t a big Vinny Del Negro fan and maybe he wasn’t too keen on working with a lame duck coach again.
It’s a great move for the Blazers as they begin to rebuild and start a new era.