I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch but I can't help thinking (or call it wishing) that this whole KP ordeal is a carefully orchestrated attempt to push something into happening, occam's razor be damned!
Say for example there's been a deal that's been kicked around for over a year between KP and some other GM. There's been hesitation on the part of the other GM but he keeps revisiting it in polite conversations with KP. The deal has been excruciatingly close to being finalized on multiple occasions but never quite completed. If you're Blazers brass and you're convinced this next move would be the missing piece to the championship puzzle do you
orchestrate a "campaign" to make it appear that KP is on his way out to send a message to the other GM that a new regime is on its way in and the likelihood of this deal ever being around again is evaporating?
HA! Makes perfect sense doesn't it?!? At least more sense than the current situation we find ourselves in! Conspiracy theorists food for thought anyway!