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Neil Olshey: Blazers Can Still Make Trades With Interim Ownership

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Olshey believes the powers involved will work together on deals after Paul Allen’s passing.

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The passing of Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen leaves the franchise dealing with all kinds of uncertainty. Despite that, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey told assembled press, including Mike Tokito of Forbes that he believes if the team needed to make a trade, the powers involved would rally together in honor of Allen:

Olshey was asked about his ability to execute player transactions, something that he had been able to do with an email to Allen, who by then would have known the particulars after studying the scouting and analytics, as he loved to do. Now, with ownership uncertain, can Olshey still get a trade approved?

“There are enough advocates for the Trail Blazers, of wanting to see us do well, that it would get done, and there would be even more fluidity because of wanting to do things on behalf of Paul,” Olshey said.

Dave Deckard here at Blazer’s Edge looked at where the franchise goes from here in his latest mailbag. And early details of Portland’s possible future ownership have emerged as well

You can read more from Tokito’s article, part of an extensive season preview, here.