Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
5 Good Choices

The Portland Trail Blazers are a couple of steps away from either returning to the team of promise or……the Charlotte Bobcats!  This summer will go a long way to figuring out which path the Rip City club will follow.  As the team needs to rebuild, they must do it from within the front office before they even worry about the on court components.

With only a temporary architect, Chad Buchanan in place, the Blazers will spend the next two month leading up to June’s draft to secure a permanent general manager.

There is a good chance that one of these following gentlemen may be placing the title of GM next to his name starting next season.

1) Mitch Kupchak

The hottest name circulating the press wires has been Kupchak, the current GM of the LA Lakers.  While Blazers team president Larry Miller has stated he would love to add Kupchak next season, he has yet to secure permission to speak to the purple and gold architect.

With grumblings of an unfriendly relationship between Mitch and the Buss camp in Staples Centre, a new challenge may be in Kupchak’s future.

2) Steve Kerr

His first GM role with the Phoenix Suns may not have produced a championship banner and resulted in more twists and turns than the wooden roller coaster at Playland (Failure = Terry Porter, Shaq…Success = Jared Dudley, Jason Richardson…ok maybe the Steve Nash / Richardson rumor wouldn’t agree to this).

Kerr’s stint with Phoenix lasted only three years before he returned to his family commitments and a spot in the TNT broadcast booth.  Kerr’s championship resume with the Bulls and Spurs along with his short run with the Suns, helps push him into the short list.

Mitch Kupchak is a good GM option after helping the Lakers reach success

3) John Hammond

If Miller were to continue his pursuit of Hammond, who is currently trying to return the Milwaukee Bucks to prominence, it would be the second time in ten years that the position has been offered to the former NBA Executive of the Year (2010).

In 2003, Hammond was among the final candidates for the vacant GM role in Portland, but decided to maintain his position as VP of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons.

4) Rich Cho / Kevin Pritchard

All the parties involved in rehiring either of these two gentlemen would have to swallow a lot of pride if either of these former Blazer GM’s were to return to the front office.

While both individuals were successful during their respective tenures with the club (Pritchard – drafting Lamarcus Aldridge, trading for Brandon Roy, Cho – trading for Gerald Wallace, they were both released (unfairly, as thought by many).

When the positives for both Larry Miller and either of these two gentlemen outweigh the negatives, maybe eating  a little crow might be on the menu.

5) Chad Buchanan

The Blazers may not know it, but their best bet for their next GM might be their current interim GM.  Having held down a position with the Trail Blazers for the past eight years, Buchanan has had the opportunity to learn the rights and wrongs from both Cho and Pritchard.

Judging from what has taken place with Buchanan at the helm, signing Wesley Matthews as a free agent, trading Wallace for a potential high lottery pick, clearing approximately $20 million in cap space.

While many want to target a big name to fill in the permanent role, it may be in the best interest of the team to hire from within and give Buchanan a chance to play out an entire off season.

Although some may question his latest transactions, blowing up the team of fan favorites, it may in fact turn out to be the best move the team has made all season.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE BLAZERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!

© Steve Lee for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: 2012, Blazers Blog, Brandon Roy, chad buchanan, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Gerald Wallace, John Hammond, Kevin Pritchard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Milwaukee Bucks, Mitch Kupchak, NBA News, Portland Trail Blazers, Rich Cho, Steve Kerr, Steve Nash, Trailblazers GM Search, Wesley Matthews

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.