Neil Olshey Named TrailBlazers New GM
June 4, 2012, 6:11 pm
Press Release From Portland Trailblazers
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have named Neil Olshey as the team’s general manager, Team President Larry Miller announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Neil is someone we’ve had on our radar for quite a while,” said Miller.
“Over the past two seasons he has demonstrated success in constructing a
roster, managing salary cap and evaluating player talent. We feel very
fortunate to have him in Portland and are thrilled about what this means
for the future.”
The 10th general manager in Trail Blazers history, Olshey comes to
Portland from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he served as the team’s
Vice President of Basketball Operations for the past two seasons.
Placing third in votes for the 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year Award,
Olshey was responsible for all facets of basketball operations and
player personnel moves while with the Clippers, and will hold the same
responsibilities as General Manager of the Trail Blazers.
“I am very pleased to have Neil as our new general manager,” said Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen.
“He has the skills and the vision to successfully guide our
organization into a new era of Trail Blazers basketball. He’s proven
that he can quickly turn around a franchise, and we are confident he can
do that in Portland.”
Under Olshey’s direction, the Clippers transitioned into a playoff team
this past season after he assembled one of the deepest rosters in the
NBA prior to the 2011-12 season. During a six-day span, Olshey added
Chris Paul, Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups while re-signing DeAndre
Jordan to a team that already featured Blake Griffin, Mo Williams and
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to become a part of this
successful franchise,” said Olshey. “Portland is a great basketball city
with a rich tradition, an incredible fan base and committed leadership.
I’m joining an organization that has a strong foundation and a bright
future. I couldn’t be more excited and I’m ready to hit the ground
Olshey, 47, began his nine-year NBA career with the Clippers as Director
of Player Development prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, and
served as an assistant coach during the 2004-05 campaign before holding
the title of Director of Player Personnel from 2005-08. Olshey was
promoted to the role of Assistant General Manager prior to the start of
Prior to joining the Clippers, Olshey was the Director of Player
Development for SFX Sports Group, Inc. where he created, organized and
conducted predraft and offseason training camps for future and current
NBA players. The camps produced 15 lottery picks, 25 first round
selections and 57 NBA players. Participants in Olshey’s offseason skill
development clinics include more than 85 current NBA players including
numerous All Stars and All-NBA selections. He has also served as a Head
Coach/Clinician at the Reebok ABCD Camp, the Roundball Classic and
numerous NCAA basketball camps throughout the country.
A graduate of LeMoyne College, Olshey and his wife, Leslie Radakovich, are the parents of Connor, 6, and James, 4.