The Trail Blazers still need a GM

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Now that NBA owners and players have reached a tentative labor agreement, the Portland Trail Blazers need to resume their search for a general manager.

If the lockout-ending deal struck early Saturday in New York is formally approved by both sides, the league will play a 66-game season beginning Dec 25. Training camps and free agency would open on Dec. 9.

When it appeared that the lockout was dragging on, The Oregonian newspaper cited a source that said the team had suspended the search for a GM to replace Rich Cho, who had served less than a year when he was abruptly dismissed in May.

College scouting director Chad Buchanan was named interim general manager. However, he has been ruled out as Cho's permanent successor.

The Blazers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.