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  1. zkelly0102
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    Posted 04/25/2013 5:26 PM

    Everyone wants a center, though there are limited centers in draft and free agency. Call me crazy, but I like Meyers Leonard. Though you criticize him, he has improved from IL. You can’t deny that! If you do, you're crazy! There have been games where he has dominated (23 pt game) and games where he has been horrible afterward. I believe that he needs minutes to improve. So him being a starter sounds ridiculous, but if you want a young and improving center, may as well keep him.  There isn't a far playoff run for us until we get a bench and a center. For the bench problem, I have a resolution. I ABSOLUTELY love Wesley Matthews, but I believe he needs to be on the bench. Not because he isn't worthy of being a starter, (because he is) but because we need a guy that can score off the bench. What bench guy do we have? Eric Maynor? That’s about it! Elliot Williams can be good, but needs to prove it to us. That’s all we have. Claver and Freeland didn’t prove anything to us but inability to score and fouls (more Freeland) With Matthews on the bench, he can become a big scorer off the bench. There is basically no good SG either in the draft. But I believe we can pick up Iggy. I love Ellis, but doubt that could happen. We could go after Lance Stephenson who killed it in Summer League and the season so far. Only shooting guards I see fitting with our offense and defense. Since I know almost EVERYONE wants a center. Only option I think we have in signing or attempting to is Al Jefferson. It sounds like he wants to stay out west! And the Jazz would rather have Millsap. So he’s open as well. An emerging center is Pekovic. He is an absolute monster. An emerging center in the league. He has also improved humongously.

    Draft wise

    Sg in need! Oladipo is someone I like! Or Mohammed! both can’t shoot well but have improved in that category. Both are very athletic! Otherwise, the draft isn’t a worry for talent low class.

    Comment on what you think! Would love some other opinions agreeing and disagreeing with me!


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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 04/25/2013 5:31 PM

    Wes would be horrible off the bench in my opinion.

    He needs other players to set him up for shots.  Lamarcus and Damian can cause double teams which opens Wes up for the 3 ball. No one our second unit can be double teamed or even be a threath offensively besides Barton to a degree.

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  1. zkelly0102
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    Posted 04/25/2013 5:35 PM

    I see where you are coming from, but we need a bench scorer, and i believe we can get a good starter from a trade using our draft picks while having a good scorer on bench of Wes. or vice versa. I do agree with the double team situation.

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 04/25/2013 5:52 PM

    JR Smith will explore free agency in the offseason. So will JJ Reddick. I don't want to see another year of rookie school myself. We need a 20 pt 6 man who plays defense. We need a defensive center. everything else will take care of itself. Freeland should be on the end of the bench and compete for rotation spots as well as Claver. We played a lot of 3rd string players as the 2nd option this season. Wes is the team captain in my opinion and should start.
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  1. zkelly0102
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    Posted 04/25/2013 5:57 PM

    I love both Smith and Reddick. But will one of them really come to Portland? If we signed Smith, Wes should be on bench. Do you agree about Al or Meyers?

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/25/2013 6:00 PM

    You don't get 20 pt 6th men who play defense they do not exist because if they did they would have fat contracts and be starters. IE James Harden. Manu might be the exception but the Spurs live by different rules.

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  1. zkelly0102
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    Posted 04/25/2013 6:02 PM

    Well we never expected Oden or Roy to fall out of our hands? So you never can expect what will happen, i believe if anyone can score 20 and play d, itd be him

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 04/25/2013 10:31 PM

    6 men who play D are not extinct. James Harden was that, Reddick and Smith already are and so were Jason Terry and Ginobli although they weren't great defenders . I like Meyers leonard but Al Jefferson is expensive and slow, slow, slow...also not a good defender. Meyers isn't a starter though. He will be in a couple of seasons with the right work ethic and instruction
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  1. sug81
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    Posted 04/25/2013 11:16 PM

    I'm not sold on Big Al or Ellis, what we need is some Defense, neither bring that. Monta racks up steals but that is not what a good defender makes, he plays the passing lanes and in order to do that and take that risk you need some good paint defenders something we don't have. I'm really believing in Elliot Williams, it may be foolish but I am. I would like to resign him. I do really like Lance though. But Neil said he wants the roster finalized before free agency so lets hope we get some good stuff for our draft pick. Fingers crossed on a good paint defender.

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  1. Simpson
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    Posted 04/25/2013 11:22 PM

    I like Reddick; he can complement our starters AND b our scoring punch on the 2nd unit; guy can DEFINITELY shoot it! :)  Thing is, we need a good pg to get him the ball in places that he likes/where he can have the most success; w/ the 1st unit, obviously Dame feeds him but on the 2nd unit... IF we bring in Reddick then we NEED to bring back Eric Maynor (which w/ or w/o Reddick, I've been calling for ;)

     

    BTW, no on Smith; chemistry is a major consideration & I don't think he would like Portland/the culture around here.  I DO think however, that Reddick would fit & love it here (the fans would appreciate him AND he would appreciate/feel the love from the fans; I think he'd really respond well to being shown that he's wanted & thought of highly).

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  1. Simpson
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    Posted 04/25/2013 11:26 PM

    ps IF we can't get the Maynor/Reddick combo meal... let's @ least gun hard for the Maynor/Jimmer happy meal ;)  And yes, on top of these deals, we need a major defensive center too ;)
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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/25/2013 11:46 PM

    Yeah, No Jr. Remember when he posted the pic of someone girls ass on twitter, and asked a high school senior if 'she wanted the pipe'? Wes Matthews is one of my favourite players. I honestly respect the man, but all he can do is shoot threes and play defence. He doesn't rebound, he's not good with the ball in his hands, and has no offensive gave outside of threes and fastbreak layups. Reddick is one of my favourites, and his production dropped when he was made a sixth man in Milwaukee. I think it's because even when he was on the court, Jennings or Ellis weas the #1 option. He would be nice for portland. No Jimmer. Jimmer is the poster child for Draft Day busts. He was brought for his offence, which hasn't been consistent, and his defence is horrible. Iggy is a dream. A very happy dream I would like to see happen. Stephenson is a nice idea. He played for the Pacers, so Frank Vogel must have drilled defence into him.

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  1. Simpson
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    Posted 04/26/2013 11:09 AM

    @ RipCity 14, u r right about Jimmer being drafted too high (but I don't think he's completely worthless in the NBA) & his bad defense (I believe u can teach all players to play defense but sadly, Jimmer is basically maxed out on defensive potential/outmatched nightly w/ his defensive assignments) although, because of this & the fact he's just rotting away in Sac., he should come cheap & easy (lets get him for a bargain & give him a shot; it's a low risk possibly good return thing & if he doesn't pan out, it was a low risk low loss :)  I think if he's put in the right situation (aka joins us & OUR players), he can b a pretty good offensive help (his ceiling I think would b to b able to come in & provide ~11-13pts on a nightly basis) to our 2nd unit (defensive slack that he creates can be shored up by others on the 2nd unit; if Jimmer's in, we shouldn't b playing man-to-man ;).  Don't get me wrong, I DEFINITELY prefer Reddick v. JImmer but Reddick's not going to come cheap & if some1 else gets him then we've gotta find another player that can do similar things= Jimmer aka our poor man's Reddick ;)

     

    I've always like Iggy/his game but he's got miles on him now :(  Only a very few good years left in him.  I wanted to get him years ago but now it'll cost too much for too little career.

     

    Stephenson is a good defender, young, athletic, & hasn't reached his ceiling but he's gong to have off-court issues (some on-court issues w/ confidence too; he's very high or very low w/ this, in time, it's possible that he may level out).

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/26/2013 11:56 AM

    JJ Reddick is overpriced and terrible. You are talking about paying him 6.5-8 million a year he is not worth that. 

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 04/26/2013 1:16 PM

    JJ Riddick is pretty far from terrible cmeese.
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