Blazers Notes: Allen, General Manager, Batum

A few Tuesday afternoon updates out of Portland….

  • Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has definitively told commissioner David Stern not to send him prospective buyers, Stern tells Jason Quick of the Oregonian (Twitter link). "My guess is that Paul is going to own [the Blazers] for many years to come," Stern said (Twitter link).
  • The Blazers hope to have at least three candidates for their GM opening meet with Allen before making a decision, team president Larry Miller tells Chris Haynes of
  • In a piece for The Oregonian, a number of Blazers scribes debate what the team will do with restricted free agent Nicolas Batum this offseason. The consensus is that Portland will spend what it takes to retain the young forward.
  • Earlier today, we heard that Batum won't wait around to accomodate other Blazers' roster moves if he and his agent get an offer sheet they like.

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