Blazers GM Search Continues, Kerr Not Interested

April 11 2012 at 11:13am CDT By Luke Adams

11:13am: The Blazers' top choice for their GM vacancy, Steve Kerr, has told the team he's not interested in the job, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian. Kerr, who was approached by the Blazers last year when the team was seeking a GM, had an informal phone interview with Portland last week, but has decided to continue working with TNT and spending time with his family.

"[Kerr] likes Larry [Miller], and certainly isn’t closing any doors, but right now he loves his life at TNT," said Mark Bartelstein, Kerr’s agent. "He will come back to the NBA in the future, whether it’s as a coach or in the front office, but that’s a few years down the road."

9:01am: Former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower is "very intrigued" by the Trail Blazers' GM opening, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. Haynes hears that Bower would definitely be interested in interviewing for the position if the Blazers were to call him. Bower drafted players such as Chris Paul, David West, and Darren Collison when he was with the Hornets.

Portland recently resumed its search for a permanent general manager. At least two candidates have already received interviews, and an "interesting list" has emerged for the position, says team president Larry Miller. Miller didn't confirm a report suggesting agent Noah Croom was the most recent Blazers interviewee, but said he has yet to reach out to candidates currently with NBA teams. I imagine that will happen when the regular season comes to an end.

The team's acting general manager, Chad Buchanan, may not be among the most high-profile candidates, but he also wouldn't mind the chance to interview for the permanent position, according to Haynes.

"I'm not going to ask, but if they want to interview me, I will," Buchanan said. "I love being a part of this organization and I hope to be here for a long time."

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