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Owner Paul Allen: Blazers not for sale

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)

Billionaire Paul Allen is emphatically disputing 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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