The former intern is no longer the interim.
On Tuesday morning, the Trail Blazers announced that Joe Cronin has been elevated to General Manager, shedding the “interim” tag he’s had since taking the reins of Portland’s front office last December. Even though most observers assumed Cronin would eventually get the job, Tuesday’s announcement makes it official as preparations for the draft and free agency begin to ramp up in the coming weeks.
“I would like to thank Jody and Bert for this opportunity and a long list of other incredible people that have put their faith and trust in me not only over the last six months, but the last 16 years,” said Cronin, now the 11th general manager in team history, via press release. “My focus has always been creating a championship team and culture that players, coaches, and staff want to be a part of. I look forward to continuing that focus with the vision that Chauncey, Dewayne, and I share while unifying our business and basketball operations on and off the court.”
Cronin joined the Trail Blazers as a Basketball Operations intern back in 2006 and has worked for the organization ever since. Over the course of 16 seasons, Cronin has been the team’s pro scout and salary cap analyst, Director of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager before being elevated to interim General Manager after the dismissal of Neil Olshey. Now, after working for three different…