The Portland Trail Blazers announced Thursday they have hired Andrae Patterson as deputy general manager.
Patterson previously worked as a senior director of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Patterson, according to the Blazers press release, will be active in decisions regarding player personnel and take a leadership role in improving the Trail Blazers process in several departments.
“Andrae is a highly respected executive in this league who brings an impressive mix of character, leadership abilities and high-end basketball IQ to our organization,” said Joe Cronin, Interim General Manager of the Trail Blazers, in a prepared press release. “We are delighted that Andrae is joining us.”
Patterson started with the Cavaliers in 2017 as director of basketball administration. His duties included scouting, personnel management, and interdepartmental and community relations projects.
Patterson spent two years with Utah before moving to Cleveland. Along with the Jazz, Patterson was the coordinator of the team’s player personnel and player programs.
Patterson played two seasons in the NBA with Minnesota. He played internationally for nine seasons before embarking on a career in management. Patterson played college in Indiana.
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, who played college basketball in Colorado, and Patterson met in the first round of the 1997 NCAA tournament. Colorado won 80-62 over the Hoosiers and Billups scored 24 points. Patterson had nine.
It also just so happens that the Billups High School team won the Colorado State Title in 1994 against the Cronin High School team.
Thus, Billups scored some important basketball victories over the Blazers’ interim and assistant general managers.
“I wasn’t going to say it, but I did,” Billups said ahead of the team’s game Thursday night in Denver.
Billups said he was happy Patterson was joining the Blazers front office.
“He was obviously a player. Understands the cadence of this lifestyle, ”Billups said. “But he’s been under the guidance of some really good people in the reception desks. He was obviously in Utah for a little while. We know their front office is one of the best in our game. And it’s been in Cleveland for a while. He’s just a wonderful guy. It will fit perfectly. Worker. Family man. Everything about him is A-plus. So, we got better with that one. I am very happy to have André.
– Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).
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