Found July 14, 2012 on
You've got to give the Trail Blazers management some credit -- the front office appears to be giving its all when it comes to finding a marquee coach.
Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan turned down the Blazers on Thursday, but he's not the only big name Portland was chasing. The Trail Blazers were reportedly in "back-and-forth discussions" with NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest.
Jackson, who has won 11 NBA titles with the Bulls and Lakers over the last two decades, had discussions with Portland about the head coaching job "for the last few months" before Jackson turned the team down, Haynes reports. Considering the rebuilding project the Blazers are dealing with, it would have been a surprise if Jackson was more than politely interested, but it's still saying something that the Trail Blazers weren't shy about reaching out.
Portland fired Nate McMillan partway through the 2012 season after McMillan went 266-269 over seven seasons as head coach. He was replaced by interim coach Kaleb Canales, who led the team to an 8-15 record to wrap up the year. The Blazers had a 28-38 record overall in the first season since 2009 that the club did not make the playoffs.
Canales, who is coaching the Blazers' summer league games, is reportedly in the mix for the full-time coaching job, but Portland also has plans to interview a variety of candidates.
Canales probably doesn't mind that the team checked in with arguably one of the best coaches in NBA history first.
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The Portland Trail Blazers have formally signed free agent power forward J.J. Hickson, British forward Joel Freeland and draft picks Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard.
The flurry of signings was announced by the Blazers on Friday.
Hickson, who agreed to 1-year deal with Portland, played in 19 games for the Blazers last season, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw will interview to be head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers this weekend. Shaw was granted permission by the Pacers to meet with Portland. He previously interviewed with Charlotte and is a candidate for the opening in Orlando. According to reports, the Trail Blazers spent time this week pursuing two Hall of Fame coaches -- Phil Jackson and...
The Portland Trail Blazers pursued Hall-of-Fame coaches Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan for their head coaching position and were spurned by both, according to a Comcast Sports Northwest report. The Blazers offered Sloan the job this week, and pursued Jackson over the past few months, a source told Comcast Sports Northwest. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey confirmed the team...
The Knicks have acquired 28-year-old Raymond Felton, 39-year-old Kurt Thomas, and rights to 2 players in Europe via sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. In return, the Blazers will receive Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, and a 2016 second-round draft pick. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo, Felton’s deal’s is for 3 years and worth $10 million.
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MINNEAPOLIS On Friday evening, the Minnesota Timberwolves completed what appeared to be the final step in clearing enough salary cap space to sign restricted free-agent small forward Nicolas Batum to an offer sheet. However, a league technicality will impede them from doing so until 5 p.m. ET Sunday.
After releasing small forward Martell Webster and trading center Brad Miller to...
The Blazers have until Wednesday to match Minnesota's offer to Nicolas Batum.
The Knicks have acquired Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas from the Blazers in exchange for Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric.
Report: Knicks Obtained Raymond Felton
New York will receive Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas, while Portland will acquire Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric and the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Georgios Printezis.
Raymond Felton's acquisition would have a likely effect on whether the Knicks will match Jeremy Lin's offer sheet with the Rockets.