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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/30/2012 9:59 PM

    PG: Damian Lillard, Ronnie Price

    SG: Wesley Matthews, Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith, Sasha Pavlovic, Will Barton

    SF: Nicolas Batum, Victor Claver

    PF: LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson, Jared Jeffries, Joel Freeland, Luke Babbitt

    C: Meyers Leonard

    Something is bothering me about this list.
    If we keep Sasha, he is smart enough to play the three spot because he's been in the league 9yrs. I think.Nolan, as much as i like the kid, is slowly creeping into J.Bayless territory. Im just such a diehard fan, with roots planted firmly in loyalty, i just cant see giving up on some of our guys. But... i know its inevitable that we do eventually shake a few of these cats.
    Lets start with the shake candidates.
    Babbit, while i've always like him personally,will unfortunately end up as Dan Dickau's replacement.
    Jeffries,Sasha,and ? will be thrown in by the trade deadline to acquire something juicy. I just dont know who or from where they'll come. Two people on our current roster are going to do big thangs this season. Not who you expect but from the bench to compliment Hickson. Making our bench a force also.Im envisioning Barton as a better new and improved version of ....wait for iiiiiittt... Walt " The Wizard " Williams. I can see Barton rockin the long socks, ala Michael Cooper and Walt.
    Kaleb Canales. If you're from Rip City, you dig KC. He is a man of the people. Now that he has the responsibility of defensive coach, i know he will take as much pride in that task as he has any task put before him. When i think of defense in this day and age, i think Thibideau. I think Boston. Collective effort,fingers making a fist. Does our boy have that ? If he does we're Golden. If this team buys into his get after it approach on D, HOLY OPTIMISM BATMAN !!
    The best all around player/leader on your team has to be recognized. The Capo of Capo's has to be acknowledged and given the reigns. A coach isnt a coach until he has a coach on the floor. The day that Lillard looks over at Stotts and not a word exchanges between them and Lillard does something Lillardesque.... Chalupas !!!
    They're sleeping on us my people. They're underestimating our small town chances. They act like Davids, but quietly they cheer for Goliath.But this is Rip City !!! The Liquid Sunshine State where we slap the taste out of the mouth of skepticism and doubt. 
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. mbmurr1
    Posts: 530

    Posted 08/31/2012 9:20 AM

    I really like the idea of trading players for high draft picks if the team is not meshing by the 1/2 way point of the season. I want to keep our draft picks from this year and E-Will but I am not against trading Batum, Matthews or Aldridge if the return is huge. (like Aldridge to Charlotte for Kidd-Gilchrist and 2013 1st rounder and 2015 1st rounder) or (Matthews to Houston for T-Jones or D-Motiejunas and a 2013 1st rounder) or (Batum to Toronto for T-Ross, J-Valanciunas, 2013 1st rounder and 2015 1st rounder) or (Batum to Golden State for H-Barnes and 2013 1st rounder and) or (Lamarcus to New Orleans for A-Davis, E-Gordon and 2013 1st rounder) These are the type of big returns we should look for in future trades.
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/31/2012 10:07 AM

    Isnt there a time table as to when we can trade Batum ?
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 09/03/2012 10:31 AM

    Batum can be dealt after 12-15 unless it is to Minnesota which cannot happen until 1 year after he resigned with Portland
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 09/04/2012 4:02 PM

    We really need a veteran center to tutor Meyers...unfortunately, it may have to wait until next summer to happen. Outside of players we aren't going to move (Aldridge, Lillard, Leonard), we just don't have any real tradeable assets to get a team to bite on a big for small trade, which is typically a no-no for teams.
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/04/2012 4:56 PM

    And who is actually even worth looking at ? Greg Monroe. I know,broken record,but he would have helped us tremendously in the middle.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
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