NBA: Billionaire Paul Allen (pictured above) is emphatically refuting reports that he is entertaining offers for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Allen went to Twitter on Thursday to rebut the report, which appeared in a blog post on Comcast SportsNet Northwest’s website. CSNNW broadcasts Trail Blazers games.
“It is absolutely false that I have entertained offers for (the Trail Blazers). Unnamed sources are wrong as usual,” Allen tweeted.
Allen spokesman David Postman also disputed the blog post.
There have been rumors swirling in recent months that the Microsoft co-founder is positioning the team for sale. Talk of a sale has escalated recently with the firing of head coach Nate McMillan. The Blazers are also operating under an interim general manager.
Saints’ future still up in the air
NFL: Decisions are still pending on a possible appeal of New Orleans Saints football coach Sean Payton’s suspension or an interim coach should his season-long punishment be upheld, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person says Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and their staffs were in meetings at the team’s suburban headquarters and focused primarily on preparations for next month’s NFL draft.
Payton’s suspension in connection with the Saints’ bounty scandal is slated to begin on Sunday, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he has until Monday to appeal.
Payton has sought advice on the matter from his friend and retired coach Bill Parcells.
“I had plenty of opportunities to do things with different teams, and I’ve turned them all down,” Parcells said. “But this one is special. This guy is like family to me. And if I could help him, I would.”