Smith: Blazers Assistant GM Search Updates

Brian T. Smith tweets the following updates on the Blazers' search for a new Assistant GM or Vice President of Basketball Operations to replace Tom Penn. -------------------------- Blazers are "softly" starting the process to fill the team's vacant vice president of basketball operations position... Look for Joe Cronin, scout/basketball operations information manager, to play a larger role in how team deals with cap/CBA. Cronin has made significant progress in understanding cap/CBA. Can't replace Penn, but he is moving upward in terms of value. -------------------------- There was no update on how Trade Machine has been handling his interim duties but the configuration as describes sounds like a less-than-ideal, patchwork solution. Smith also notes that Pritchard says he will be active in the hiring process and reaffirms an earlier statement that scouts Mike Born and Chad Buchanan remain potential candidates. Update: Here's the full interview with brief health updates on Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, among other topics. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter