The Oregonian’s Jason Quick with the bomb:
Trail Blazers general manager has been fired by owner Paul Allen, less than an hour before the 2010 NBA Draft was set to begin.
A source close to Pritchard said Allen informed the popular general manager that Thursday would be his last day of work, which will include conducting the Blazers draft.
Quick has a video up on OregonLive talking about the firing.
UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski tweets:
Paul Allen will discover Blazers GM job isn’t nearly as attractive as he believes it is. Especially now, no elite GM wants to touch it.
From Brian T. Smith on Twitter:
Sources say search firm hired by Blazers has interviewed Spurs’ Buford, ex-Cavs’ Ferry and Thunder’s Presti while Pritchard held job.
From Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
As for the gaping hole left in the Portland front office by Pritchard’s classless dismissal, the question becomes: Who would want to work for a franchise that treats its people the way the Blazers have treated Pritchard and Penn? The lure of the Blazers’ roster and rabid fan base will be a huge calling card for any potential candidate, but buyer beware. Apparently, the money isn’t great, either. One of the points of contention that led to Pritchard’s ouster was his displeasure with his approximately $1 million salary — not much more than assistant GMs make in other cities and a quarter of coach Nate McMillan’s compensation.
According to a person familiar with the Blazers’ internal dynamics, one option would be to appoint team president Larry Miller, head of the team’s business operations, to serve as the figurehead replacement for Pritchard and hire a competent No. 2 to handle the day-to-day basketball decisions.