Hollinger: 'I Don't Think It's A Rebuild' And Other Portland Thoughts
By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012
Today's chat on ESPN.com with John Hollinger
is full of interesting Trail Blazers bits, which is to be expected when you begin the chat with a mention of Portland's coffee shops. Please to enjoy Hollinger's thoughts on Portland's draft and free agent strategies and coaching options.
Away we go ...
You are the Portland's GM. What is your plan for this offseason (Trade, Draft, Free Agency)?
I don't think it's a rebuild, but I do think they'll go younger -- use the draft picks, bring in Claver and Freeland from Europe to shore up the bench and go after a young free-agent point guard. Dragic is obviously a key name, but they also could try to trade for Kyle Lowry if Houston keeps Dragic. I'd expect Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton are long gone, I think they'll keep Batum, I think they'll explore Wes Matthews' trade value but not necessarily do anything. Most interesting variable is the coach.
All of that looks about right. I'd be surprised if both Victor Claver and Joel Freeland make it over next season.
Re: Portland's point guard search. Is Lillard a possibility at 6? Cheaper than Lowry or Dragic...
A lot of Lillard talk for Portland at both 6 and 11. Personally I'm pretty lukewarm on the guy, and historically rookie point guards take a beating.
This is the kind of stuff you only see during the draft. Lowry, and to a lesser extent, Dragic are both NBA-tested veteran point guards. Lillard is a junior combo guard from Weber State, who, let's be honest, most people have never seen play. Draw your own conclusions.
Paul (Portland, OR)
John, you say Portland's most interesting variable is the coach. Who would YOU want to see as Portland's coach?
Stan Van Gundy, but unfortunately his irreverence will not sit well with the Vulcans. They prefer a guy who won't make waves in the Nate McMillan mold.
I'm not touching that one.
Portland has cap space and needs a PG. Would Deron come here?
No. Move along, nothing to see here.
Mr. Hollinger is right. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Deron Williams didn't force his way out of Utah to play in Portland. His loss.