It was not so long ago that a popular phrase (word?) on Blazersedge was "Pritch-slapped," referring, of course, to the perceived talent of the Blazers' then general manager, Kevin Pritchard, to have his way with the general managers of other teams around the league in making trades of assets.
Get the rights to sign the number 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, LaMarcus Aldridge, in exchange for the rights to Tyrus Thomas (a lower pick) and (who?) Sergei Monia? The Chicago Bulls were Pritch-slapped.
Get rid of under-performing Sebastian Telfair (and his off the court problems) to the Boston Celtics for the rights to a pick that became a swappable item with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and in the end Minnesota has the rights to Randy Foye and Portland has the rights to Brandon Roy, the ensuing rookie of the year? Both Boston and Minnesota were Pritch-slapped.
As Portland's General Manager, Pritchard was the master of the draft day deal. He moved a few pieces here and there during the rest of the year, but his reputation was built on what he did during the few hours when NBA teams were on the clock on draft day.
Kevin Pritchard was fired by the Trailblazers two years ago yesterday (June 25), and does no Pritch-slapping for Portland any more. We have never learned exactly what the reasons (if there were any reasons) were for the firing of Pritchard, but we cannot dismiss the possibility that the phrase, "Pritch-slapped," may have been a part of it. Mr. Paul Allen appears to be fairly thin-skinned (cf. Cho, Rich), and could not have been pleased with the appearance of his basketball team becoming a cult of personality that was not his personality. Allen may just have got the impression that Pritchard had got a little bit too full of himself, as exemplified by the phrase, "Pritch-slapped"; we may never know for sure.
The Trailblazers have a new general manager, Neil Olshey, now, and Olshey has his own budding reputation as a result primarily of the Chris Paul deal, but also for the management of other assets, such as Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups. But nobody -- yet -- is coining the phrase, "Olsh slapped."
In the meantime, Pritchard recently was named GM of the Indiana Pacers, and we safely can assume that his telephone lines will be red hot and smokin' on Thursday. Draft day is the date in 2012 that gets Kevin Pritchard's adrenaline running, the day that he lives for.
So assume (it is more than a possibility, given the variety of the Trailblazers' assets) that on Thursday Pritchard will put in a call to Neil Olshey and suggest a deal. Never mind what the opening bid is; the assets he offers and the assets he hopes to get in return would be pure speculation for us. The question is, whom do you expect to come out ahead in the ensuing negotiation, Pritchard or Olshey?