Allen disputes report that Blazers are for sale

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 29 2012 3:52 p.m. MDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Billionaire Paul Allen 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.

David Postman, a spokesman for Allen, 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.

In a wide-ranging interview with several media outlets in December at the start of the lockout-shortened season, Allen also denied he intended to sell the team.

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