Blazers hire Cho as GM

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have named Rich Cho as the team's new general manager.

No financial terms of the deal were announced.

Cho had spent the past nine seasons as assistant GM of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder and was responsible for constructing trades, contract negotiations, salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement matters, player contracts and all player personnel issues.

"Rich Cho joins us as one of the new generation of general managers in the NBA," said team owner Paul Allen. "We were all impressed with the depth and breadth of his skill-set and we know his leadership will be critical to make our great organization even more successful."

The 44-year-old Cho was initially an intern with Seattle before becoming a part-time consultant in 1997. Later that year, he was brought on as the team's director of basketball affairs and held the position for three years until his promotion to assistant GM.

He also served as vice president of legal affairs for the Sonics from 2005-07 and was charged with the legal work involved with sponsorship agreements, licensing issues, immigration issues and employment contracts.

"Rich is the perfect fit for our organization," said team president Larry Miller. "He has the right balance of basketball knowledge, business acumen and tremendous people skills. Rich will be a great fit for our organization and is an executive on the rise."

Cho, who grew up in Federal Way, Wash., and graduated from Washington State University, said he is thrilled to be joining the Blazers.

"As someone who grew up in the northwest, I'm aware of the unbelievable passion and support that Trail Blazers fans have, and I'm excited to be a part of this rich tradition."

Portland finished sixth in the Western Conference last season with a 50-32 mark and fell to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.


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