Blazers relieve Cho of duties

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PORTLAND - The Portland Trail Blazers parted ways with general manager of basketball operations Rich Cho on Monday.

Portland's director of college scouting Chad Buchanan, who has been with the team for four years, will serve as acting general manager.

"The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn't right," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "This was a tough move because I respect Rich and he's a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn't a good match."

Cho spent just one season with the Trail Blazers. He was brought in last July after spending nine seasons as assistant GM of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder.

Portland finished sixth in the Western Conference this past season with a 48-34 mark before falling to Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.

"Obviously it's a difficult day, but I want to truly thank Paul Allen and Larry Miller for the opportunity they gave me here in Portland," said Cho. "I also want to thank the fans, players, coaches, business office staff and especially my basketball operations staff who have supported me along the way. I feel good about the work we've done here and I know the Trail Blazers are headed in the right direction."


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