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Jul 25

Ford: Trail Blazers Offseason Get's A 'B'

By caseyholdahl

The 2011-12 season ended back in April, but there's been no corresponding downtime at Trail Blazers HQ. Between hiring a new general manager, entering into a DLeague "hybrid" agreement with the Idaho Stampede, preparing for and conducting the draft, navigating free agency and fielding a team at the Las Vegas Summer League, there's scarcely been time to revel in the offseason. And we've still got a head coach to hire as well, so there's still work to be done.

But, for the most part, things are starting to slow down in the NBA, as the August and September are really the only true "offseason" months for NBA teams. So now is as good a time as any to take stock of the team's performance as it pertains to reshaping the roster for the 2012-12 season.

According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Trail Blazers get a "B" when it comes to marks navigating the offseason:
Re-signing Batum was at the top of the Blazers' list. The cost was high, almost too high, but the cost of letting him walk to the Wolves for nothing was higher. I might have been tempted to take their offer of Derrick Williams and another first- round pick for him ... but probably agree that the Blazers made the right call on Batum.

I thought Lillard was the best point guard in the draft. He is in for a pretty big adjustment, going from the Big Sky Conference to the NBA, but if the Summer League is any indication at all, I think it will happen quicker than people think. Leonard, a project, was a little more of a reach, but he has the requisite size and athletic ability to be a starting NBA center someday. Barton was a bit of steal in the second round. He is a good scorer with a nice midrange game. Overall, they had a strong draft.
Seems like a fair mark. And depending on who eventually gets the head coaching gig, that grade could inch up into the "A" category.

5 Comments

  1. If we got a 'B', who got an 'A' ? :)

    by GrimbyBECK on 7/25/2012 10:30 AM
  2. Draft was excellent, the best since LA & Roy (but obviously future will verify this statement) , signing FA - not very good tho, but in fact we hired people for 10th - 15th position in our roster. Hiring Neil as GM was also a good move

    by Hoop#22 on 7/25/2012 10:54 AM
  3. If we had obtained Hibbert along with Leonard we would be a A+,should get an A for trying.
    I think we will be a compatible team next year and I don't have any idea how many games we will win, but I think the team will stay strong this year.

    by Hg on 7/25/2012 2:46 PM
  4. Awesome love the direction this team is going. I heard that Brian Shaw is not one of the top candidates for our new head coach. Hope we hire Terry Scott. He will help us not have so many stagnant possessions on the offensive end. Maybe he can also help us have one of the best Pick n Rolls with Lillard/Aldridge like he helped Dallas with Kidd/Nowitski. I think one/two more NBA Draft our team will be back in contention for home court in the NBA. I do believe Blazers can make the play offs this year though. GOO BLAZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Siccolo on 7/25/2012 3:27 PM
  5. Don't know about team grades but I give LaMarcus and A+ for skipping the Olympics and timing his surgery to not miss preseason and be in shape for his teammates. I give Paul Allen an A+ for hiring Neil Olshey and I give Neil Olshey and A+ for swinging away and making the right choices in my opinion...getting anything for Felton was a brilliant move. Getting Sasha for Diebler was another one. Resigning Batum and JJ another one. Damien Lillard gets an A+ for being humble after summer league and not giving himself a higher grade.

    by riverman on 7/29/2012 11:38 AM
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