The Atlanta Hawks have a vacancy at their general manager position and have sought out Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey to fill the role, requesting an interview. But according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Blazers denied the Hawks permission.
Sources: Atlanta requested the opportunity to talk with Portland GM Neil Olshey about its vacant GM job, but was denied permission.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 19, 2017
Atlanta moved on from general manager Wes Wilcox following the 2016-17 season, in which they finished as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In addition to Wilcox being on the way out, Mike Budenholzer resigned from his post as president of basketball operations, choosing to remain with the franchise as the team’s head coach.
Olshey currently oversees the Trail Blazers, who made the postseason again in 2016-17, before being eliminated in the first round.
Prior to joining Portland, he served as general manager and vice president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Clippers, taking over in March 2010 with the Clippers. He remained in his post until he was named the new GM in Portland in June 2012.
The Trail Blazers have made the playoffs each of the last four seasons since Olshey took over, missing only during his first year. He has overseen the selection of backcourt guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum during his first two seasons on the job, going on to win the Northwest Division during the 2014-15 season with forward LaMarcus Aldridge on the last year of a deal that ultimately saw him head to the San Antonio Spurs.
Earlier this year, the Blazers acquired center Jusuf Nurkic and signed swingman Allen Crabbe to a four-year extension.