According to a report by Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
Also, league sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey met with Portland owner Paul Allen in London recently about the Blazers’ GM opening.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) May 29, 2012
Olshey, as we know, does not have a contract for next season.
He also has a history with the Blazers — he went through the interview process with them last year, as well, but nothing materialized. So this is a real, ongoing conversation.
The Blazers’ front office has lacked stability over the last few years, but they are also one of the 29 or so other teams known for paying it’s employees more than the Clippers. While the implicit threat of leaving could turn out to be the impetus for a new deal from Donald Sterling, it could also be an opportunity for Olshey to take his talents to Portland.
The Clippers have had plenty of time to extend Olshey, but they haven’t yet. It’s entirely possible they are sitting around, waiting to see if he gets an offer that they can essentially match. But with three days left to make a decision on Vinny Del Negro’s contract, they have made a statement by not being proactive about either call.