CLEVELAND (AP) _ Jim Paxson, who joined the Portland front office after playing with the Trail Blazers for nine seasons, was hired Thursday as vice president of basketball operations by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paxson, 41, will coordinate scouting and player acquisition and development, said Cavs president Wayne Embry.

Paxson played at Dayton and was a first-round selection by Portland in the 1979 draft. He was a two-time All-Star with Portland and played his final NBA season in 1988-89 with Boston.

He was Portland's offensive skills coach in 1993-94 and later became assistant to the president and most recently assistant general manager.

His father, Jim, was an NBA player from 1956-58 with Minneapolis and Cincinnati and his brother, John, played for San Antonio from 1983-85 and for Chicago from 1985-89.