Is KP really doing so bad this summer?
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  1. vanceanthony
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    Posted 07/30/2009 11:31 PM

    It seems like I here alot of talk on local and national sporting news about how badly KP has performed this summer, particularly in the free agent market. But was has he really done wrong? First, he tried to sign a good offensive player that was in the championships last year. So far, so good. Reports had already been made that Toronto could make an offer of around 53 million. KP said offered 50 million to Hedo, which was still too much in my opinion, for a player that would not have been a good fit. But it was a reasonable amount by league standards for a player of Hedo's caliber. KP probably could have offered more, but didn't, and it probably wouldn't have mattered because Hedo's wife didn't want to live in Portland no matter what. Besides the incredibly awkward Hedo welcome at PDX, KP did everything right. The offer was solid but extraneous circumstances shot it down. Next, KP "goes after" Paul Millsap, which still feels to me more like an attempt to hamstring a divisional rival financially. Millsap would have brought more talent to this team but probably wouldn't have wanted to play backup to LA. The Jazz never even thought about letting him go, anyway. So KP made a deal that was no lose, either we get a good trading chip or we screw over the Jazz. Still sounding pretty good to me. Finally, he makes a signing that is hailed as desperate. Really, when the Blazers had targeted Andre Miller last season? And had still waited when he became a free agent for the price to go down? Instead of paying him around 40 million over four years, the Blazers got him for 7 million a year for two years with a team option third year. Sounds to me like KP waited to buy until the price was right. That's good business. Maybe I am still drinking the KP Kool-aide, but I feel like he did pretty well this summer. In a year or two, when our young players (particularly Oden)are more experienced and the championship window opens, we should be ready to go for broke. But for now, I still really like the way this team is developing under the guidance of a great coach and a superb GM.
    I am a fan of healthy centers.
  1. vanceanthony
    Posts: 20

    Posted 07/30/2009 11:33 PM

    BTW, sorry about the wall of text, but I still haven't figured out some of the formatting.
    I am a fan of healthy centers.
  1. karlmoats
    Posts: 2

    Posted 07/31/2009 12:57 AM

    i like his moves. he's been quiet but effective
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