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  1. Dan Harbison
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    Posted 02/26/2009 9:18 PM

    Ok, we might be doing some trades during the draft. Do we need to get younger, no... so that means that we trade our pick and get something awesome back. Sound good?
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  1. Blazer_forever
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    Posted 04/09/2009 5:50 AM

    Im fine with any trade as long as Roy, LA, Rudy, Nic, Joel, Blake, Oden are not involved, anyone els is fine.
    I am a fan of The Blazers and everyone on the team! They are all great.
  1. caseyholdahl
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    Posted 04/09/2009 9:02 AM

    I would imagine there's little chance we'll use our pick this year, and if we do, it'll probably be on an international who we'll stash overseas for a few years. There's no room for rookies (at least NEW rookies) on this team.
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  1. EntrePreJ
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    Posted 04/09/2009 7:33 PM

    You gotta add bayless to that list of keepers. Unless he opts for a huge contract, even still it would be a shame to see someone that talented go. He could start at many places in the same fasion that batum does here, it'd suck to see em go
    I am a fan of Batum, he is the most undermentioned player nationally for how great of a defender he is and what a future he has offensively.
  1. BLAZERMANIAC26
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    Posted 04/09/2009 8:14 PM

    DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO KAPONEN? THE GUY WE DRAFTED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHO PLAYED SUMMER LEAGUE LAST SUMMER AND IS A THREE POINT PHENOM. HE WAS UNDER CONTRACT6 IN ANOTHER COUNTRY BUT HE WAS REALLY GOOD. I THOUGHT WE WOULD TAKE HIM OVER S. RANDOLPH
    I am a fan of MARCUS CAMBY BABY!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/09/2009 9:56 PM

    He's still in Finland. He'll get another look this summer and could be a nice asset to stash overseas. Come 2013, we should probably see a Bayless/PetKo PG rotation.
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  1. Jared
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    Posted 04/09/2009 10:53 PM

    I think we should package some of our second round draft picks and maybe our fist round pick and get a good backup power forward with good potential (dont know who it is though). I dont see a problem with keeping a couple new rookies cuz they wouldnt play much first of all and they could grow with this group to help our dynasty.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/09/2009 11:38 PM

    Actually, Koponen plays in Italy for Bologna. He is starting in front of Earl Boykins at PG. As far as a back up PF for next year, that is going to be Travis. With Martel coming back to the lineup next season, that puts Batum as the SF in the second unit and moves Travis to the PF where he is more comfortable. I feel quite conversely to what you are saying. There are very few people I would be willing to trade at this point. I think you have to explore Channing, Ruffin, Randolph, and maybe Sergio. I think everyone else fits the mold for what we are building towards.
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  1. blazer crazy
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    Posted 04/17/2009 12:54 AM

    Gotta think twice about throwing Sergio in that mix...Word around the league is that he would start on about half of the teams...Despite some erratic play early he has played extremely well as of late...I think Sergio has FAR more potentail at PG than Bayless...I think J Bay is more of a cut and slash guy and instant offense and energy but not cut out for the point.Sergio is a perfect fit in a fast paced offense which I think we will see more often in the future...As a matter of fact that transition play plus getting into the offense quicker has been a hallmark of the resurgence we have seen over the last couple months..His penetrating and passing are unreal when he is on.I think Sergio's biggest obstacle over the season was the indecision over minutes or in a word confidence...I also think you will see that Intl experience pay dividends in the playoffs.And do we really wanna break up the Spanish Armada??
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  1. Dman
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    Posted 04/17/2009 7:24 AM

    You put Travis behind LTrain that would give him about 12 minutes a game, unless you plan on reducing LTrain's minutes, which I can't believe anyone anywhere for any reason would ever consider.
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  1. Gordon
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    Posted 04/18/2009 8:21 AM

    In this upcoming draft our top selections are #24, #32, and #36. Channing Frye is likely to walk after this season as a FA, so we will need to address the backup PF spot. I don't think Outlaw can do that full time- we need a legit big guy to back things up. A PF with hustle and rebounding as top priorities. I doubt we can pry Jason Maxiell from the Pistons, but I would love to get him. Otherwise, trade the picks to move up into the top 20 and snag somebody (say James Johnson of Wake Forest maybe).
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/18/2009 9:54 AM

    Alright, first of all when it comes to Travis, even though is would be backing up Aldrige, doesn't mean that is the ONLY minutes he will get. You know he will be playing some back up three as well, he will probably only play about 15-18 minutes overall and he will be more effective because he will be putting all his energy into a little less time. Second, if you haven't listened, he is more comfortable with the 4 spot than the 3 spot. It isn't like he is a small guy. He is 6'9" for he is just atheletic. He dominates when he is in that 4 spot because he is too quick for the other 4's in the league and he can shoot the jumper. As far as Sergio goes, he has stepped it up the last two weeks. When I wrote that, he hadn't done anything super special. Here is the thing, he had a great last game against the Lakers last season as well, and as much as I like Sergio, he is extremely inconsistent. No I don't want to split up the "Spanish Armada" but if he wants to stay a Blazer he will need to develop some consistency regardless of PT. It is about being ready when your number is called. There is only so many spots on the roster and although he has played great as of late and could play himself back into the roster, he is on the verge of being Carlos Arroyo. A starting PG that phases out and ends up playing overseas for more money. He probably could start for other teams, there is a shortage of true PG's in the league. Before I jump completely back on the Sergio bandwagon, which I was on for a long time, he needs to show that he can play at a high level all the time.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/18/2009 10:45 AM

    One more thing. When it comes to Channing, he has been playing out of position all year up until this last couple weeks. They have had him playing center when he really is a PF. I think he could find himself playing into the roster here in the Playoffs. Unforttunately, there are only so many minutes to go around and as much as Portland would hate to see him go I don't think he would get enough minutes to be happy. With Martel coming back, there are just too many good offensive forwards on this team next season. I think we will see the same problem at the PG spot next year. With the talent that Portland has, the question is which position isn't there a log jam? PG- Blake, Bayless, Sergio, Roy, possibly Koponen SG- Roy, Rudy, Martel SF-Martel, Outlaw, Batum PF-Aldrige, Outlaw, Frye C-Joel, Oden, Frye? Twelve of those players have gotten significant minutes in games this season (or were projected to, Martel.) How do you manage a team that's strong twelve deep? Hopefully, these players can remain team focussed and unselfish, but you don't go into the NBA to get paid to watch from deep on the bench. I love Channing, he's a great guy and believe it or not he can ball, I just hope he does what is best for him and can find happiness wether it is here, or where ever.
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  1. Gordon
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    Posted 04/18/2009 2:03 PM

    I'm not cool with a full time backup PF that averages 4 rebounds in about 25 minutes a game. We need a true backup 4.
  1. Dman
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    Posted 04/18/2009 2:08 PM

    Any pg rotation without Blake is a loser for Portland.
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  1. Dman
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    Posted 04/18/2009 2:12 PM

    Sergio has a couple of good games and everyone gets on the Sergio bandwagon. He has been here three years and is still inconsistent. Bayless has had a rough rookie season, but his potential is way above Sergio's. I love Sergio, but in my opinion, the best thing for the Blazers is to use Sergio for trade bait. Maybe it won't be Bayless either. But the one thing that is for sure, is that Blake is the man at the #1 position.
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  1. Dman
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    Posted 04/18/2009 2:13 PM

    Gordon, you hit it right on the head as usual. We need a legit PF, who can come in and bang boards and defend the middle with Joel or GO, depending on who's in there with him.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/19/2009 10:53 AM

    So the question comes, who do you take minutes away from for that "legit PF?" TO or Batum? There are only so many minutes to go around. They aren't trading Batum, and TO is a runner for 6th man of the year the last 2 years, I hope he isn't going anywhere. He is a leading scorer and spreads the defense so that guys like Rudy and Sergio/Bayless can get to the rim without all the bigs crowding the paint. He can also take it to the hole himself. I get where you guys are coming from, but who do you cut? The other question comes, who do you bring in without disrupting the chemistry of the team? From what I recall, historically speaking when Travis plays the 4 he is actually more productive on the +/- scale. I am pretty sure they talked about that on Courtside this year. Individual numbers should not be as important as overall impact on a game. By TO pulling those bigs outside to guard him, he pulls them away from the close rebounds. He is also quick, so if he learns to follow his shot, he could get to those rebounds quicker than his defender. If you put him and Batum in that second unit together, you get two guys who can help out blocking shots from the weakside. Bottom line, there is a TON of talent on this team already, and there are only 96 minutes to disperse between 5 forwards (48 minutes X 2 positions). You know Aldrige will take around 30 of those, so that means you have 66 minutes to disperse among 4 others. Martel, when he is healthy, will probably play 20 of those. Okay, so now you have 46 minutes, 28 at the SF and 18 at the PF for 3 players. Batum is a SF not a combo forward and should play atleast 15 minutes. Now you have 13 min. SF and 18 min. PF. Travis will probably play 20 minutes combined swinging between the two positions so that only leaves 11 minutes at the PF in a given game assuming he plays mostly SF coming deep off the bench. On top of that, who do you move OUT of that second unit to be the 11th man? Can you justify bringing TO as the 11th player, can you justify Batum being that 11th player for a "legit PF?" I sure can't not after this season. Now 11 minutes seems like an OK chunk, except that it isn't 11 straight, it is 3minutes here, 2 minutes there etc. If you bring in another player to soak up those other PF minutes in straight time, then TO or Batum get the garbage minutes and that just isn't right.
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  1. Travis
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    Posted 04/27/2009 9:13 PM

    Rip about got it figured out. I think the only thing that we all forgot to factor is blow outs. I think are team weill be way more dominant next year that this one. So are starters minutes per game average should come down some giving those backups some spikes in playing time which we pacify some of them. But He is also right in someone has to go. I personally think it is Travis not because skill level but trade value. Then you haft to find out who you are bringing in. Also got to get a real idea of Martell and were he is at with his recovery or if he expected to be back at 100%. I am just glad it is not my job. I do like the idea of a true pf backup so if Pryz or Oden go down we can move up Aldridge or the new guy to fill some minutes or just find a tall 11-12 player that gotten no hype to stash away and keep Outlaw in full rotation. They will do something.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/27/2009 9:42 PM

    I'm telling you, if you want a back up big to stash away I would pick Seraphin from France. Again, if that is if the league rules allow it. He was a beast at the Hoop Summit, especially down the stretch. He would be a perfect type to come back for summer league and training camp and get worked into the roster gradually.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/27/2009 9:44 PM

    and I mean that over a series of seasons, not into the roster the first year. That way our guys are mostly veterans by then and we could be working on the next generation to keep the playoff run going.
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