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Which Players will the Trail Blazers Target in Free Agency?

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Many though the Blazers would use their first round draft pick on PF Kenneth Faried, but they picked PG Nolan Smith instead.

The Blazers have a ton of question marks heading into the off-season and on top of that they do not have a lot of free cash to spend.

There are reports that Portland will use the Amnesty Clause to jettison Brandon Roy‘s huge contract and if they do that they will have $5 million, but if they keep him they will have around $3 million.

We’ve also heard they may keep him now.

The Blazers have a decent core of young players, especially with LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace, but since the Blazers only ranked 27th in rebounds per game and 24th in scoring per game, its obvious they need some height and muscle inside and could use some scoring as well.

One big question is what Greg Oden will do and if he will be in a Blazers’ uniform.

He has given a qualifying offer from Portland, but several other teams, including the Heat, have shown interest.

If Oden stays put and can stay healthy that would be HUGE, as it will give the Blazers scoring, rebounding, and a great defensive presence.

Here are some possible free agents forwards that the Blazers may want to take a look at.

Nene, Tyson Chandler, and Marc Gasol would seem to fit in Portland, but all of these guys will command way more money than the Blazers can afford.

1. Carl Landry

Landry said last season he may want to play for the Blazers saying, “I think I can fit in with Portland.” He averaged 16.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg last season, but he may command more money than the Blazers can offer. We wrote a piece about a possible Landry signing way back in August.

2. Chuck Hayes

Hayes would be a good fit, as the former undrafted free agent who averaged 7.9 ppg and 8.1 rpg last season. He is only 6’6″, but he is a solid rebounder with a big body that can play the PF and C position and on top of that he can be had for a good price.

3. Glen Davis

Davis may be a long shot, as several teams are interested in him and he posted career highs in points and rebounds last season.

Chuck Hayes

How would Chuck Hayes look in a Portland Trailblazers uniform?

4. Jeff Pendergraph

the former Blazers’ 6’9″ FW looked to be fully recovered from his ACL tear from a while back and already played in LaMarcus Aldridge‘s charity hoops game. He can be had on the cheap and he said the team would look at him to resign him before the lockout began.

5. Kwame Brown

While seen as a huge bust as the #1 overall pick several years ago he will not command a lot of coin and last season played pretty well averaging 7.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He also shot 52% from the floor last season.

6. Spencer Hawes

Hawes is 7’1″ and would take up a lot of space in the lane and last season averaged 7.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg. He is a Seattle native, but he is a restricted free agent and already got a qualifying offer from the 76ers.

7. Jamal Crawford

We’ve speculated about Crawford to the Blazers for the entire NBA offseason here at NWSB. Both LaMarcus Aldridge and Lebron James have been working hard to woo the 6’6 guard to either RIP City or South Beach too.

There are not as many top-notch free agent guards on the market, but the team has a good backcourt, but could use a scorer, especially if Brandon Roy’s days in Portland are over.

I think Jason Richardson would be a great fit, but it has recently reported that the Bulls have shown an interest.

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