Report: Blazers to hire GM 'soon'

The Portland Trail Blazers have settled on three finalists in their general manager search and hope to make a decision "soon," president Larry Miller told the Oregonian on Tuesday.

The three candidates, according to the report, are believed to be former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway and Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey.

Agent Steve Kauffman confirmed to the Oregonian that both Bower and Morway interviewed with Blazers owner Paul Allen earlier this month. The Oregonian, citing a CBSsports.com report, reported that Olshey and Allen met recently in London.

"We've had three people in front of Paul, and now we are down to the vetting process and checking backgrounds," Miller told the Oregonian on Tuesday. "We've done a lot of that already, so we should be able to move fairly quickly. We will talk through the decision and talk details ... it could happen pretty soon."

The Blazers fired Rich Cho, their last general manager, on May 23, 2011.