NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog details how Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the building blocks of Portland’s future. Portland needs to give Lillard and Aldridge players who will compliment their styles. Should they choose to do so, they will see success in the near future. One thing Jason liked, was the move to try and get Roy Hibbert last off-season. That could have pushed them to the playoffs this season.
NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin debates whether or not Nicholas Batum is the solution to all of Portland’s woes or if they should think about trading him. Nicolas Batum—the current incumbent—is sitting on a four year, $45-$50 million, offer from Minnesota. Portland seems fully prepared to match. However, Minnesota is determined, reportedly exploring multiple sign-and-trade opportunities.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the recent news that the ex-Blazer Jamal Crawford will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Opting out of his second year with the Blazers, Crawford became a free-agent and per a report by the LA Times will sign with the Clippers once the NBA moratorium on free agent signings is lifted. Despite being from around the area, Crawford would like another change of scenery.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox grades and analyzes the draft night by the Portland Trailblazers and Neil Olshey. The team took away 3 players in the 2 rounds. Welcome in the new RIP City ballers. Damian Liliard, Meyers Leonard, and Will Barton. The Blazers came in with two glaring holes in their rotation, and they left with two very solid players. Grade B.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green reports the Blazers signed veteran center Kurt Thomas as he and the team agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Sunday. Thomas, who is the league’s oldest player at 39, will provide depth considering Greg Oden’s chronic knee problems. Veteran Marcus Camby is also in the mix in Portland. Brandon Roy has retired.
Q reports Greg Oden is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers sometime in 2012. The center who is a free agent will reportedly sign a one-year offer with the Blazers. He turns 24 in January, and will be paid $8.9 million this season. He missed all of last season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee on Nov. 19. Greg Oden hopes to join Brandon Roy et al in late January or early February.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green reports on the most sought after players for the 2011/12 Blazers via NBA Free Agency. On the list. Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, Nolan Smith, Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown, Jeff Pendergraph, Glen Davis, Chuck Hayes and Carl Landry for starters. Jason Richardson could be a good fit too.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green reports on the possibilities of center Greg Oden leaving via free agency for the Miami Heat in 2011/12. He is the former #1 pick that reminds Portland fans of Sam Bowie, but he has the tools to be a great player. Miami’s GM Pat Riley has shown he can make impossible deals. Time will tell.
Could we see Jamal Crawford land in Chicago via NBA free agency? Picture Derrick Rose driving to the hoop and actually having an option to kick out to, who can quickly create his own shot. Enter Jamal Crawford. Both LaMarcus Aldridge and Lebron James have been working hard to woo the 6’6 guard to either RIP City or South Beach too.