NBA News: Trail Blazers Fire GM Kevin Pritchard


However, they still let him run the draft last night.

The Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Kevin Pritchard after six seasons with the team, ending months of speculation that he had fallen out of favor with billionaire owner Paul Allen.

The firing was reported about an hour before the draft, and the team made it official after the draft.

Pritchard was hired as GM in 2007 with the task of getting the team away from the “Jail Blazers” image. Pritchard had built a promising young team around guard Brandon Roy and Forward LaMarcus Aldridge.