Tom Penn out as Portland's VP of basketball operations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers have dismissed
Tom Penn as vice president of basketball operations.

The team issued a statement that said Penn was dismissed Tuesday
for "philosophical differences." No details were offered.

Penn, who was regarded as a salary cap specialist, joined the Blazers as an assistant general manager in 2007.

He was a candidate for the general manager's job with the Minnesota Timberwolves last May. He removed himself from consideration when the Blazers promoted him.

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