Brian T. Smith
of The Columbian reports
... there had been rumblings in recent weeks within the organization that Penn's job was at stake. The primary reason was that Penn had a tendency to rub many of those he worked with the wrong way, the source said, and was seen as being a "ladder climber."
There's no denying that Penn possesses a curt directness and analytical approach to just about everything he does. However with the draft approaching rapidly -- the team's busiest time of year -- this seems a strange time to abruptly fire a crucial member of your executive staff for stepping on someone's toes.
Wendell Maxey tweeted
some league-wide speculation that perhaps Penn was in negotiations with the Clippers for their GM position. I suppose something like that would count as "ladder climbing" and would verge on the fireable, wouldn't it?
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