Warning: Take the following with a heavy dose of salt.
Over the past week or so, I’ve been collecting opinions on the Tom Penn-Kevin Pritchard circus from various well-connected NBA folks, none of whom are based in Portland. While I didn’t uncover any deep secrets — nor did I expect to — there did appear to be a consensus that A. There were rumors of problems surrounding Pritchard and the organization before Penn was fired and B. Pritchard is not expected to return. To that last point, the best odds I could find were 50-50, with most going below that. Obviously, those numbers can be fairly arbitrary, but it goes to show how the situation is being viewed.
It was also suggested that the involvement of Denver’s Mark Warkentien in some of the tearing-down of Pritchard on a national level has been overblown. Warkentien has not spoken to Paul Allen and has not lobbied for the General Manager position in a direct manner.
I’m not trying to be a rumormonger here, just passing along the views that I can on an off day. I’ll save anything else that I hear until after the season is through.