ATLANTA, GA - FILE: An outside view of Philips Arena prior to the game between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Ottawa Senators on March 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was reported that True North Sports and Entertainment has completed its deal to purchase the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers allowing them to move the franchise to Winnipeg. Canada peding league approval May 31, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Portland Trail Blazers reportedly are interested in talking with Atlanta's Rick Sund about their vacant general manager position. According to a report by ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Blazers asked for permission to speak with Sund but were denied until after the Hawks' season ended. Sund's contract expires on June 30.
There was an earlier report that the Atlanta Spirit Group had offered or had tried to open dialogue with Sund regarding a new contract to remain with the Hawks. Sund reportedly put off any such decision until the offseason.
Atlanta is entering an uncertain offseason as decisions must be made on both Sund and head coach Larry Drew. Josh Smith also enters the final year of his contract and whoever is GM will have to decide whether to trade him or risk having him walk away for nothing after the 2013 season.
Those calling for change in Atlanta will probably help usher Sund right out the door but the question is can you trust the ASG to go out and get a quality GM? Would they hire an existing GM or one with experience or go the route of least expensive? Remember Larry Drew is one of the least compensated head coaches in the NBA the past two seasons.