NWSB Insider Bryant Knox outlines what Nicolas Batum must do now that he’s signed his big money contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. He says he must become a reliable No. 2 scoring option behind LaMarcus Aldridge. He says if Batum wants to become an integral part of the Blazers’ success, he’ll have to stay aggressive on both ends of the floor. Neil Olshey believes that Batum will absolutely live up to this contract.
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.