Is the offseason a failure without Chris Paul?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/26/2010 11:10 AM

    Is the offseason a failure without Chris Paul?
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    NO (8)
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    Too Early To Tell (6)
     43%
    With 'Chris Paul to Portland' talk suffocating our local radio airwaves, blowing up internet message boards, and generally being the hot topic around the water cooler, have Trail Blazers fans set themselves up for disappointment if he doesn't end up in the Rose City?

    Even with an unbalanced and maxed out roster that still needs a little bit of work, John Hollinger still feels like we were one of the offseason winners so far:

     As crazy as this sounds with all the mayhem in the front office, the Blazers actually came out of this offseason better than when they started. Since Kevin Pritchard was allowed to operate the draft before being unceremoniously dumped as general manger, Portland ditched Martell Webster's contract and got three promising rookies out of draft day -- most notably high-scoring forward Luke Babbitt, who is exactly the kind of floor-spacing 4 who Nate McMillan loves.

    During the interminable delay before hiring Pritchard's successor (note to Blazers management -- if you know several months ahead of time that you're firing the GM, it might be wise to have some kind of succession plan in place), what was left of Portland's front office managed to lure Wesley Matthews from Utah. They overpaid, sure, but they overpaid for a piece that really fits. Matthews will help them with his defense and 3-point shooting -- every team is looking for players like this -- and since I don't imagine Paul Allen will have major objections to the Blazers' being a luxury tax team, the dollars aren't going to hurt them.

    Finally, the Blazers made a strong hire by bringing in Oklahoma City's Rich Cho to take over. He adds the cap expertise that the team lost with the firing of Tom Penn earlier in the spring. The Blazers lose Pritchard's scouting eye and deal-making skill, but the organization was already very strong in the former department with NBA scouting director Michael Born and college scouting director Chad Buchanan. Given what a mess this seemed like two months ago, they've ended up in fantastic shape.

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    So if Portland doesn't leave the party with the biggest prize (Paul), will the summer be viewed as a let-down, disappointment, or overall failure on their part by not finding Roy his sidekick? Maybe this question would be better served after we see what the Blazers do with their pieces, because with 16 players, something has to happen, but the iron is hot and Paul is the flavor of the month. Is it Chris Paul or Bust for Rip City?
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  1. ***Jason***
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    Posted 07/26/2010 12:59 PM

    I don't think so. Not to me anyway. It looks like we did pretty well in the draft considering, bringing Matthews over is going to improve us for sure, and I don't think losing Martel will effect us at all in the win loss column.

    If the idea of success or failure in the offseason hinges on getting better by changing personel, I think we improved. In the mean time, wether Paul comes or not, we got better just by getting healthier. I don't think we're championship level yet, but who knows how good we could be if we could just avoid the serious injuries.

    Paul (even without Nic) would make this team phenominal. I'm pretty excited to see what they can do regardless though. The injuries of last year where the story. That was bizzare, but it won't happen again. We're going to be a much better team just based on that alone... not to mention the west has generally gotten weaker.

    This is going to be a great season. I think we're going to really surprise some people. Staying put (mostly) in the off-season wasn't necessary a bad thing for this team THIS year. Untlil we see them play together for an extended period of time (we've been waiting for 3 years) we don't even know what we have.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 07/26/2010 2:47 PM

    Too early to tell. I like what we have done so far, but we still need to make more moves. Those additional moves to consolidate talent and get Roy a legit 2nd star will be the lasting images of the 2010 offseason. There's still more work to be done...
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  1. Crim
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    Posted 07/26/2010 4:15 PM

    wish I could read the rest of that article, without signing up for some bullspit membership, same thing with Mike Barrets blog comments....anyways I don't think this team needs a big shakeup, I think the fans need a big shakeup. The team got new assistants that are going to give our bigs more attention and teach them what they need to know. We are on course for greatness next year.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 07/26/2010 5:02 PM

    Voted "NO".  The acquisition of Wesley Matthews is going to be HUGE.  I'm not sure that the casual fan understands what he is going to bring to this team, and/or how badly those things were needed.  The key word in your question, was OFFSEASON.  We WILL see more happen before the deadline, but MAY have to wait until after the start of next season.  There are TOO many variables at work here.  1)Our owners' perceived winning "NOW" mentality (if true) 2)the expirings, which will be useless soon (remember the backlash from the wasted Raef deal?), 3)the logjam at the 2 and general imbalance of roster, and perhaps most importantly...the need for a PG for the title run.  The latter of which will be most easily obtained with the pieces available NOW (meaning expirings and pre-CBA).  Not lost here is the need NOW to provide the cornerstone of this franchise with some meaningful help...a legitimate 2nd option.  Aldridge while vital, is not ready to be THAT guy and Batum is a "hope" for the future.  If Brandon doesn't get help soon and continues to try to shoulder the burden of this team's success on his own (esp at the offensive end), you can take a few years off the end of the man's career right now...and with it, the "window" narrows considerably.  I agree with ClydeFrog, Cho, and most everyone else and their grandmother...we are "a couple of pieces away".  Opportunity is knocking, will the Blazers answer?
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  1. Jacobeam
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    Posted 07/26/2010 5:54 PM

    No, definitely not. Any high-reward move comes with its share of risk. Yes, there's a very good chance that CP3 could take us to the next level. However, there is a risk (however small) that he could've severely messed with the chemistry and turned us into a total mess. The way some people talk, you'd think we were a lottery team last year. Yes, we finished 6th, but we had more injuries than... well there were a lot! So instead of panicking and trying to hit a home run, I think we made a wise decision and went for solid moves that improved what we already have. 
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 07/26/2010 9:38 PM

    the chris paul thing is the obvious choice, but if we dont get him i am perfectly content with what we have. what worries me most is oden staying healthy and out of foul trouble.
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