It was an interesting day at the practice facility—not so much for the draft workouts, but because Kevin Pritchard, Dean Demopoulos, Nate McMillan and Nicolas Batum were all in attendance.
Pritchard spent a few minutes addressing his tenuous position in the organization. He said he is aware that the team is conducting a search for another GM, and repeated “may the best man win.”
Coach McMillan was somewhat cagey about what’s going on in the recently reported shuffling of his assistant coaching staff.
Dean Demopoulos, who’s also rumored to be on the chopping block just as soon as his contract expires at the end of the month, said “I’m a Blazer,” realizing that the media sharks were circling. Then he quickly deflected and retreated into the weight room.
Nicolas Batum’s appearance was a pleasant surprise. Batum is in Portland rehabbing his shoulder and working out for two weeks before returning to France to play with the national team.