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The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly interested in Atlanta's Rick Sund for its vacant general manager position.
According to a report by ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Blazers requested permission to speak with Sund but the Hawks declined until the season was over. Sund's contract expires on June 30 and now that the playoffs are over for the Hawks he could sit down and talk with Portland.
Atlanta has attempted to begin contract negotiations with Sund but he has put that talk off until after the season was over as a way to examine his options. Sund previously spent time in the Pacific Northwest where he was general manager of the Seattle Supersonics from 2001-2007.
The Hawks enter an uncertain offseason as decisions on Sund and coach Larry Drew are forthcoming. Also Josh Smith enters the final year of his contract and the Hawks will have to make a decision on whether to keep him and risk losing him in free agency or make a trade after he is coming off his best season as a pro.