He’s had a hand in coups such as Thabo Sefolosha’s contract extension last October, a deal that helped OKC avoid having the defensive stopper’s restricted free agency tie up its salary cap room this summer; Nenad Krstic’s offer sheet last season that New Jersey couldn’t afford to match; and the lopsided financially motivated trade with Utah that brought Eric Maynor to town.
Cho also overseas operations for the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League.
It’s possible, perhaps even probable, that Portland passes up Cho. But if Pritchard gets the ax and the Blazers go in a different direction, it could have a trickle-down effect if their selection is another team’s GM.
Either way, it’s a credit to the Thunder’s organization that its personnel are popping up as potential replacements. It says that Oklahoma City has good people in place beyond its front-man general manager, and it proves the Thunder is indeed doing things the right way.