Blazers Close To Hiring ESPN’s Schmitz As Assistant GM

ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz is jumping from the media to an NBA front office position.

Schmitz is finalizing a contract to join the Trail Blazers as an assistant general manager, his ESPN colleague Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Schmitz will play a significant role under new GM Joe Cronin in leading the Blazers’ domestic and international scouting departments.

Schmitz has also been a contributor to, a private scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and international teams. Schmitz, who was a video coordinator for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA G League in 2012/13, is expected to formally join the Blazers in July, so he’ll spend one last draft with ESPN.

Cronin signed a four-year contract this month to become Portland’s permanent GM after being the interim at the position following the December firing of Neil Olshey. Portland also hired Andrae Patterson as an assistant GM earlier this year and is parting ways with assistant GM Bill Branch, who had been with the team since 2010.

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