Ferry to meet with Blazers about GM job

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry will meet with Portland Trail Blazers officials to discuss the franchise’s GM vacancy on Wednesday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Since Yahoo! Sports reported on June 5 that the Blazers had hired a search firm to identify and feel out potential candidates, Ferry has steadily stayed near the top of Portland’s wish list.

The Blazers reached out to several GM candidates, but Ferry and the organization have strong shared interest, sources said. It’s unclear if the Blazers plan to bring other candidates to Portland.

Portland had a turbulent ending with former GM Kevin Pritchard, who was fired last week on the night of the draft. Portland has a reputation for meddlesome ownership, but offers front office executives nearly unparalleled resources to buy draft picks and use cash to sweeten deals.

Ferry left the Cavaliers after owner Dan Gilbert wanted to take a greater role in basketball decisions. Ferry was the Cavs’ GM for five years, and his tenure included a trip to the NBA Finals and back-to-back 60-victory seasons.

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Updated Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010