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Freeman: Blazers Refused To Match Timberwolves Offer To Bayno

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Joe Freeman of The Oregonian writes that former assistant coach Bill Bayno is leaving the Portland Trail Blazers because the Minnesota Timberwolves made him an offer that the Blazers refused to match. -------------------- The Minnesota Timberwolves and new coach Rick Adelman offered the former Blazers assistant coach a four-year contract — three more years than the Blazers would offer — and a difficult decision became a no-brainer for Bayno. "We talk all the time about this being a business when players get traded or coaches get fired and its no different in this situation," Bayno said in an e-mail to The Oregonian. "My first choice was to stay and I did everything in my power to do that. But in the end, I had to take this offer. It was too good to pass up." -------------------- The Blazers will reportedly only offer assistant coaches 1-year contracts. And of course there is no GM to reconsider that rule right now. So despite six years with the Blazer organization, Bayno left to join another former Blazer coach. The article is an interesting read and includes mention of some possible replacements for Bayno. ed: bumped to front page and edited
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