Weaver, an assistant GM, had interviewed for the job in early September, and was still a prominent part of the pool of candidates, sources said.
Portland officials conducting the search have failed to reach a consensus on bringing in candidates to meet owner Paul Allen, and had started gauging the interest of more established GMs in the league. Blazers officials hope that offering more money to higher-profile candidates could convince some to push their own owners to let them get involved in the search.
San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey is still part of the candidate pool, sources said.
“They’re going to have a tough time finding guys who are established and content to leave for the uncertainty that’s come with that job,” one Western Conference executive said. “Even if they do offer a lot of money.”
Weaver has been particular about the jobs he’s considered, having turned down a chance to interview for at least one GM position a year ago. Most league executives believe it’s just a matter of time until Weaver’s a GM, and that he didn’t have a desire to hang around in Portland’s circuitous search.
Portland fired one of Weaver’s former colleagues in Oklahoma City, Rich Cho, less than a year after hiring him as a replacement for Kevin Pritchard.
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