Blazers GM search: Marc Eversley, Scott Perry, Tayshaun Prince, Brent Barry emerge as candidates, per reports -

The Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Neil Olshey on Friday after an investigation showed that he had created a toxic work environment. Olshey had run the team's basketball operations since 2012, and now that he's gone, director of pro personnel Joe Cronin has been elevated to interim general manager while the team searches for a permanent replacement. According to multiple reporters, names have already begun to surface in that search. 

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Friday that Bulls general manager Marc Eversley and Knicks general manager Scott Perry are two names that have emerged thus far. According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, two former players that currently hold front office positions elsewhere are also in that mix: Tayshaun Prince, currently with the Grizzlies, and Brent Barry, currently with the Spurs

Eversley has been highly regarded for quite some time and has interviewed for multiple prominent front office positions. He worked for the Raptors, Wizards and 76ers before joining Arturas Karnisovas in Chicago. Perry spent time in the Pacific Northwest when he worked for the Seattle Supersonics. He was part of the front office that drafted Kevin Durant there, but currently works under Leon Rose in New York. He initially worked for Steve Mills but managed to retain his position after Mills was fired. Perry started his career as a coach before moving into front office roles. 

Prince is obviously known as one of the key defenders on the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons. One of his most notable teammates there was, obviously, Chauncey Billups, who is currently coaching the Blazers. Barry did not play with Billups, but their careers overlapped, and his experience as a two-time NBA champion would surely appeal to Damian Lillard as he seeks to elevate the Blazers back into contention. 

The search is still in its early stages, and there is no telling if the team will be able to hire someone during the season or if they will have to wait until the summer. Given the turmoil surrounding this organization, though, bringing in a stable voice as soon as possible would be ideal for Portland. 

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