Blazers “Survivor”: Rip City Dollars
The latest NBA agreement calls for an option for each team in the league to say goodbye to a horrid contract.
While each team comes with their own share of stinkers, the Trailblazers really don’t have a bad contract on their roster, per say.
When you look at the astronomical salaries that are floating around, Rashard Lews ($22mil), Gilbert Arenas ($19mil), Antawn Jamison ($15mil), the most lucrative contract on the Portland roster isn’t that bad.
Let’s break down the odds on who will stay and who will be “voted off the island”.
PO = Player Option QO = Qualifying Offer
All dollar values in millions
1) Brandon Roy (2 yrs – $14.9 / $16.3 / PO $17.7):
It is hard to imagine that the Blazers young and immensely popular shooting guard could be given the pink slip.
While last year, Roy’s stats and value took a huge nose dive due to knee problems, it was only a couple of years ago in which he was labelled among the top guards in the league and virtually a lock to take over as one of, if not the most popular Blazer of all time when his career was all said and done.
Chances are high that Wesley Matthews will hear his name announced as a full time starter this season.
2) Greg Oden (QO – $8.7):
The Blazers are adamant to prove that selecting Oden over Kevin Durant was worthwhile. Whereas Roy has been able to play through the pain of his injuries, Oden has been sidelined during his three years with the team, appearing in a total of 82 of a possible 246 regular season games.
If it weren’t for the $48 million owed to Roy for the next three years, you could bet that Oden would be planting his health issues on someone else’s bench.
3) Marcus Camby (1yr – $9.2):
Camby provides little for the team in terms of offense, contributing only 5 points per outing last season, but with their perimeter scoring, not much is needed from the fifteen year vet.
What Camby does give the team is a presence on the defensive end and on the glass, averaging close to 2 blocks and 11 rebounds per game during his time in “Rip City”.
Obviously in the twilight of his career, there is little need to move Camby’s one year contract.
4) LaMarcus Aldridge (4yrs – $11.8/$13.0/$14.1/$15.2):
When BRoy and Greg Oden went down with wonky knees, the team turned to LA for leadership on both ends of the floor. After four years of averaging 18 points per game, Aldridge took on the responsibility to lead the team, posting a career high 22 ppg.
There is little chance that the Blazers will move the focal point of their offense.
5) Gerald Wallace (1yr 10.6 mil / PO $11.4):
“Crash” came over at last seasons NBA trade deadline for center Joel Pryzbilla, along with reserve forward Dante Cunningham and a 2011 first-round draft pick (Tobias Harris).
Instantly a Portland fan favorite, Wallace provides the team and the Rose Garden faithful with a blue collar hustle, reminiscent of Jerome Kersey.
Providing the team with a little bit of everything, Wallace can step outside when the team goes with a bigger lineup, or play in the paint if a smaller quicker unit is needed.
With a contract that lasts this season and a player option for next, there is little reason why the team will part ways with Wallace.