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Berger: Blazers To "Pass Over" Chad Buchanan For GM Job?

Some updates on the Portland Trail Blazers' ongoing search for a new general manager. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports... ---------------------------------- It appears that [Acting GM Chad] Buchanan will be passed over yet again for the top job. But if the Trail Blazers won't give him a shot, somebody else will. Buchanan is a strong personnel man and has impressed rival executives with his staying power in one of the most dysfunctional environments in the league. Buchanan has endured some really topsy-turvy stuff, and he's the guy who's lasted. His people skills and talent for diplomacy have served him well in the hottest GM seat in the league under fickle owner Paul Allen. Buchanan took over for Pritchard under bizarre circumstances when Pritchard was told hours before the 2010 draft that he was being fired, and then took over on an interim basis again when Allen fired Rich Cho about a month before the 2011 draft. Through it all, Buchanan held the front office together under extreme duress. ---------------------------------- Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports... ---------------------------------- "I'm not going to ask, but if they want to interview me, I will," Buchanan said. "I love being a part of this organization and I hope to be here for a long time." ---------------------------------- Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports... ---------------------------------- After an informal phone interview last week, Steve Kerr has told the Trail Blazers that he is not interested in filling their opening at general manager. ... "He likes Larry [Miller], and certainly isn’t closing any doors, but right now he loves his life at TNT,’’ said Mark Bartelstein, Kerr’s agent. "He will come back to the NBA in the future, whether it’s as a coach or in the front office, but that’s a few years down the road.’’ ---------------------------------- On Tuesday, word surfaced that the Blazers have interviewed agent Noah Croom. The Blazers fired former GM Rich Cho 324 days ago. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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