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Dragic and Drummond or Lillard?

I remember Dragic coming through Portland when he was playing for Houston, the season before we drafted Lillard, and he fielded several questions about whether he was the Blazers' PGOTF. Of course,...

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Chris Andersen, The Center of Now?

In the never ending search for someone to fill our hole at center, Chris Andersen has begun to intrigue me more and more with his stellar play late in the season and playoffs. He is certainly a...

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2nd Rounders: Anthony Marshall & Jackie Carmichael

I doubt we end up keeping all three of our 2nd round picks, if nothing else one of them gets used on a Euro stash. But, I think we will use a couple of them to fill out the end of the bench on guys...

Ford Mock Draft: Blazers Take McGary at #12

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Blazers take the star of the NCAA tourney, Mitch McGary, at #12. Even though he was outplayed by Gorgui Dieng in the National Championship game. We would pass on Michael Carter-Williams, Steven Adams, Archie Goodwin, and Gorgui Dieng.

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Construct Your Deepest 2013/14 Blazers Roster

Ideas for changes to the Blazers roster are littered throughout this site in comment threads, fanposts, fanshots and anywhere else they can be crammed in. So, I thought it may be a good idea to...

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Victor Claver...Backup PF? Corey Brewer/Justin Holiday for Backup SF?

The growth we've seen in Claver's game of late, has come with Stotts using him more as a stretch four. This provides a bit of a wrinkle for all of us amateur gm's, as now we have to shift our...

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Forget Cap Space...Use Our Exceptions

I take zero credit for this idea, it all goes to the always insightful BFS1970. I just wanted to bring it out into a broader discussion, as I only saw him mention it briefly in a comment thread. S...

Scallenge: White Mamba goes One on One w/ Average Joes

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Just a reminder that even fringe (and now retired) NBA players are truly among the elite in the world. As an aside, I saw the White Mamba at the Oregon Zoo a couple of years ago when the Bulls were in town. He was with his wife and kids, and I honestly couldn't tell who was more excited to see each and every animal, him or his kids...

Stotts on TrueHoop TV

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Terry Stotts was on TrueHoop TV discussing success in overtime games, having Canales on staff, and other development of youngsters.

Scott Machado Available?

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It looks like the Rockets are getting ready to waive Scott Machado to make room for Patrick Beverley. I was really intrigued by Machado in last years draft, and I think it would be great if we could claim him off waivers like we did last year with Hickson. The only thing I'm not sure of is the timing of whether we would have to waive someone on our roster (Nolan) before we could submit a claim, or if we can waive Nolan after we claim Machado.

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Gortat Deal

Was playing with the Trade Machine and came up with this three-team trade with the Suns and Celtics: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=a3f2l2e The Suns get an upgrade on the wing with C...

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Trading for Some Bigs

I believe our two biggest issues are the lack of a secondary ball handler, and an interior presence on defense. We can take care of the ball handler issue with our lottery pick (Goodwin,...

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2012 Draft: Will it Go Down in Rip City Lore?

I know it's very early in all three of these young players careers, but even if you just single out Lillard, the 2012 draft haul would have been an A+ for our Blazers. When you factor in the...

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Okafor/Hickson Trade

Wanted to throw out a trade idea to get the reaction of all you wise Blazer fans, so here goes. Blazers get:Emeka Okafor and protected First Rounder Wizards get:JJ Hickson, Babbitt, Nolan, E.Will...

Justin Harper Drafted by Idaho Stampede

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I've been intrigued with Justin Harper's game since watching him in the NCAA tournament. So when I read that the Stampede took him with the third pick in the D-League draft I was very excited. He is a stretch four, that can really stroke the three. It never seemed like he got a chance in Orlando, and since we're in rebuild mode right now anyway, I would like to see him get that chance here in PDX. He certainly can't be any worse than Babbitt.

Hollinger: Blazers Desperate

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Largely due to the "keeping Aldridge happy" issue, Hollinger includes Portland in his annual All-Desperate rankings.

Hollinger: Batum on All-Breakout Team

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Hollinger has Batum as a candidate for this years all-breakout team. Sure hope he is right, and Batum finally gives us more than glimpses of that much ballyhooed potential.

Leonard an All-Star?

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Kim Hughes, the Blazers' big man coach, thinks Leonard will be an All-Star. I just hope it's during his time with the Blazers, and not later in his career after we've traded him away. I watched him very closely in the game at home against Utah, and the main thing that jumped out to me is that he is very immature. The potential is most definitely there, but he just needs to move past some of his childish quirks.

Olshey Tipping His Hand?

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In an article about Batum, Haynes includes this quote from Olshey: "if Nic can make a jump, if Wes [Matthews] can make a jump, if L.A. [LaMarcus Aldridge] can just be L.A., and Damian [Lillard] can be who we think he has the ability to be, we're not that far away. And having a lottery pick potentially, and three second [round picks], and having $13 million in room potentially, is a pretty good position to be in eight months from now." That sounds to me like someone who isn't going to pick up the options on the Smith/Babbitt/Williams troika, and who is going to manage the season to ensure we aren't giving away our first rounder to the Bobcats.

Hollinger 2012-13 Blazer Forecast

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Hollinger forecasts the Blazers finishing 27-55, 5th in the Northwest, and 13th in the Western Conference. Reading Hollinger's forecasts for each team has been worth the price of insider.

Gorgui Dieng

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Ok, I know that looking ahead to next years draft is a little crazy, being that we are just now digesting what happened with this years draft. But I just read this profile of Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, and it has me dreaming of a Leonard/Dieng rotation at center. Two hard working, rebounding/shot blocking big men, that pair exceptionally well with Aldridge and Freeland. Our bigs would be set for the foreseeable future...

Dorell Wright to Philly

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Philly now has a glut of Small Forwards. I'm thinking this has to be a pretty good sign that Iggy is on the move. I think at this point it's best for all involved if Batum is moved in a sign and trade, and landing Iggy as a replacement would be a great outcome.

Reports: Pacers To Retain RFA C Roy Hibber; Blazers To Move On

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Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports on Twitter that the Indiana Pacers will match the 4-year, $58 million offer sheet agreement to be extended by the Portland Trail Blazers for restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert. ---------------------------- The Pacers are matching Portland's 4-year, $58 million offer to Roy Hibbert, according to a source ---------------------------- David Aldridge of NBA.com reports on Twitter that the Pacers won't wait for Portland to extend the offer sheet and will instead give Hibbert the same contract. ---------------------------- Indy, per source, will give Hibbert the same terms that Portland was ready to give in offer sheet, & so won't technically "match" the sheet. ---------------------------- Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that the Blazers are ready to move on. ---------------------------- Blazers' free agent plan is Hibbert or nothing, GM Olshey says. Focus now turns to trades, where Blazers can make an uneven financial deal. The Blazers' philosophy at C just changed with reported Indiana match. Olshey says development of Meyers Leonard this season now "paramount." Blazers will still look for a starting center, but Olshey says he won't bring in a center who "retards" Leonard's development. ---------------------------- Pacers president Donnie Walsh said last week that retaining Hibbert was the team's "first priority." While Pacers coach Frank Vogel said before free agency opened that Hibbert "wasn't going anywhere" there were some who didn't view the Pacers matching as a slam dunk. It was reported last week that the Pacers would begin to investigate other potential options at center in case they didn't match on Hibbert and they met with New Orleans Hornets unrestricted free agent center Chris Kaman last week. Blazers GM Neil Olshey made Hibbert his first stop of the 2012 Free Agency period. Hibbert was reportedly "blown away" by Portland's approach. Hibbert, 25, just completed his fourth season with the Indiana Pacers, posting career-high averages of 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He played in 65 of Indiana's 66 games last season. Hibbert, listed at 7-foot-2 and 278 pounds, is generally regarded as a top-5 free agent in this year's class and the best available center. ed: text edited, bumped to front page

Wolfson: Blazers, Timberwolves, 76ers 3-Way Trade Proposal

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Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com floats a possible 3-way trade scenario involving the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. -------------------------------------- According to the source, the way to get Batum here is still via a sign-and-trade. David Kahn, the Wolves' president of basketball operations, will continue to talk with the Portland Trail Blazers throughout the weekend. One scenario involves a three-way trade with Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala would go to Portland, Derrick Williams would go as part of a package to the Sixers and Batum would come to Minnesota. So far, Portland is balking. -------------------------------------- The Timberwolves reportedly agreed to terms a 4-year offer sheet worth between $45-50 million with Batum on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, the Blazers have reportedly informed Batum and his agent that they will match all offers for him and will not participate in any sign-and-trade scenarios. Batum said back in April that he was "99 percent" sure that the Blazers would match any offer made to him and the team's ownership and management has consistently referred to him as one of the roster's core pieces. The Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Batum last week. Batum, 23, averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 30.4 minutes for the Blazers last season. ed: text edited, bumped to front page
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Ian Mahinmi or Chris Kaman?

If the Pacers, as expected, end up matching on Hibbert, who would you rather bring in as our starting center? With Asik either going to Houston or back to Chicago, I see Kaman or Mahinmi as the...

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Warriors Scouting Great Britain

Warriors scout Speedy Claxton was in Houston scouting the Great Britain team. Everyone seems to be thinking its because they're going after Luol Deng, but what if it's because they were looking at...

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Jamal to Miami?

Would you do #40 and Jamal to Miami for the 27th pick, James Jones and Joel Anthony? I know those who want every penny of our cap space will hate that deal, but it gets us two role players with...

Haywood Spread Provision

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According to this article, Brendan Haywood's contract has what one GM calls the "best spread provision in the NBA." Meaning if you waive him, you (i.e. Paul Allen) can spread the payments out until 2026. So, my question is would you take back his salary in a trade up for the Mavs 17th pick? Possibly do Joel Freeland and the 40th pick for #17 and Haywood. If you take Meyers Leonard at #11, he could back up Haywood until he was ready to take over. Then at the end of the year, you could waive Haywood.

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Granting Wesley's Wish

"We need winners. People who are tough. People who don't like losing. Players who, if they lose a shooting drill, they lose their minds. Guys that play with a lot of heart and are unselfish. Guys...

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Trade Proposal From a Blazer Fan

So let me get this out of the way right at the top...yes, I am a Blazer fan. But, I'm also an NBA fan, and since you're our closest NBA brethren, I'm rooting for your success as well. I'm throwing...

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