Team says a hire is imminent but won't confirm NBA rumors

John Nash, formerly a general manager with NBA teams in Philadelphia, Washington and New Jersey, is expected to become the next GM of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Team President Steve Patterson declined comment but said he hopes to have a hire 'either Tuesday or Wednesday,' and league sources indicated that Nash was likely to get the job.

Nash has been working as a TV basketball analyst for Comcast Sports Net in Philadelphia. Earlier this year, the Philadelphia Phillies hired him to plan the disposal of thousands of items in Veterans Stadium, which will be replaced with a new baseball park next year.

Nash served as GM with Philadelphia from 1986-90, Washington from 1990-96 and New Jersey from 1996-2000.

The Philadelphia native and St. Joseph's University graduate was assistant GM, business manager and TV analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1981-86. He also served a six-year stint as executive secretary of the Big Five collegiate basketball program.

In his 14 years as an NBA general manager, Nash's teams had four winning seasons and were 457-649 in the regular season and 6-15 in the playoffs. Philadelphia was 180-148, Washington was 161-321, and New Jersey was 116-180.

Nash's best season was with Philadelphia in 1989-90, when, under coach Jimmy Lynam, the 76ers won the Atlantic Division with a 53-29 record and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Lynam is now an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers.

As the Washington GM, Nash selected current Trail Blazer forward Rasheed Wallace out of North Carolina with the fourth pick in the 1995 draft.

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