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Only one team with no players lost or added via draft, trade or free agency. Any guesses? Talk about staying patient, choosing your moment -- I like it, but can't wait to see some names up there.

ESPN: LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 20) Leads Blazers In NBA Player Rankings


All members of the Portland Trail Blazers have now been accounted for in's annual NBA Player Rankings, with All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way at No. 20, up from No. 23 last season. Here's how the Blazers fared. ---------------------------------- LaMarcus Aldridge: No. 20 Nicolas Batum: No. 63 Wesley Matthews: No. 109 J.J. Hickson: No. 202 Damian Lillard: No. 211 Jared Jeffries: No. 268 Meyers Leonard: No. 330 Nolan Smith: No. 338 Sasha Pavlovic: No. 357 Ronnie Price: No. 373 Luke Babbitt: No. 401 Will Barton: No. 409 Elliot Williams: No. 422 Victor Claver: No. 460 Joel Freeland: N/A ---------------------------------- ed: text edited, bumped to front page -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter


Continue the tradition

We need a coach. There are several methods for going out and getting an NBA coach. Scan the ranks of assistants for that up-and-comer, the defensive specialist from GS, the former Lakers guy from...


Live in the present

I've been trying to put my finger on why I've been feeling that media coverage of the Blazers (local, blogosphere, and what little national coverage there is) is so uninteresting to me this year,...


Basketball is fun to watch

but reading about the Blazers has become very boring and frustrating.  Not much value added to the experience of following the team, IMO.  But this is sort of a new development for me.  I very...

Isola: Knicks Turn Down 3-Team Rudy Fernandez Trade Scenario

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes... --------------------- According to a team source, Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to Indiana, a first-round pick to Portland and Fernandez to New York. --------------------- Thanks to BrailleTaser for posting. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter

No rental

I confess to not understanding at all the perspective (put forth mainly by Dave in a couple post-trade posts) that Camby won't likely be around next year because all the minutes that he would get...

Martell for defensive POY?


Kelly Dwyer puts Martell third in the running for this award. Surprised?


Question: all-time games lost to injury

One thing that I have enjoyed about this Blazers era is how unusual the team is in certain key respects.  For example, how they are extreme outliers in terms of mean age on the roster versus wins...

All eyes are on Portland right now. As of early this morning the Trail Blazers were still talking...


All eyes are on Portland right now. As of early this morning the Trail Blazers were still talking to at least three teams: the Nets, the Bucks and the Bobcats. Sources say that the Blazers still prefer a deal for Gerald Wallace, but are struggling to get something done. The Bobcats turned down an offer for Wallace yesterday, but came back to Portland last night looking for more assets for a Wallace deal. The Blazers have refused to part with Nicolas Batum so far and don't want to take back Nazr Mohammed and his contract in return. The Bucks have had ongoing discussions with the Blazers about a Richard Jefferson and Luke Ridnour swap. But it sounds like the Blazers want more assets (read Ramon Sessions or a first-round pick) to take back Jefferson's contract. The same is true for their talks with the Nets. Last night it sounded like there was some agreement on players. The latest has the Nets wanting Raef LaFrentz and Channing Frye for Vince Carter and Maurice Ager. The outstanding issue is the Blazers' insistence that the Nets include the Golden State Warriors' 2011 first-round pick, owned by New Jersey.. Chad Ford

ESPN trade-talk roundup

Talking myself into sitting tight

I have generally been thinking about the RLEC contract (the 'super-expiring' asset) in terms of what it can bring back at the trade deadline, but tonight I thought I would step through a possible...


WOW: Childress to Greece

Josh Childress signs with a Greek club, leaves NBA: This is a really big deal, throws a monkeywrench into the whole restricted FA thing.  Watch...


Making Deng FA 2009

With the limited FA pickings next summer, it would be nice if some of these RFAs this year -- in particular Luol Deng, who would be a great fit on this team -- would become unrestricted FAs next...


Blazers named in M. Ellis rumor

"And though a league source said Ellis has drawn sign-and-trade interest from the Heat, Cavs and Blazers, nothing is likely to materialize. Any scenario would require approval from the Warriors,...


Why Bayless dropped

I was interested in why Bayless went from being a consensus top 5 pick to showing up at 11 for us to snag with a clever trade.  Last week, Chad Ford wrote a column about how he comes up with his...


simmon's knee

I've seen Bill Simmons (and only him) mention Brandon's knee on a few occasions, and I read it as him spewing his typical sour grapes hate towards the Blazers.  Does anyone have the true scoop on...


Salary cap summer 2009

how will it work in the summer of 2009?   We have to offer a qualifying offer to Webs (and Frye and Jack), then they will be restricted FA.  If we sign them to large amounts, then salary cap space...

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