Sources: Portland Trail Blazers elevate Joe Cronin from interim to permanent GM 1:05 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 The Portland Trail Blazers are promoting Joe Cronin to general manager with a four-year contract, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Cronin takes over at a crucial time for the Blazers, an offseason when the organization has a top-10 pick, a $21 million trade exception and the ability to extend three of its top players, including All-Star Damian Lillard , Anfernee Simons and Josh Hart . Cronin has been running the franchise since December, executing several deadline deals that started a full remake of the roster around Lillard. Portland ownership considered the idea of opening up the job to a search, but ultimately were sold on Cronin's vision for the franchise and his ability to execute it, sources said. Cronin has vowed to continue building the roster around Lillard, an All-NBA guard. Editor's Picks 1 Related Cronin was a popular internal choice to replace Neil Olshey, who was let go after reaching the Western Conference playoffs in eight straight seasons, including two Western Conference semifinals and a berth in the 2019 conference finals. Cronin, promoted to assistant GM in 2021, has spent 16-plus years in the organization, beginning as an intern and advancing his way through four leadership regimes to become the top decision-maker in basketball operations. Cronin's strong relationship with first-year coach Chauncey Billups played a significant part in the franchise's belief that there will be a philosophical alignment moving them forward together in basketball operations. The Blazers, who finished 27-55, have the sixth-best draft odds to move up to the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The draft lottery is May 17 in Chicago.