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The only problem I see is the monetary cost of the Portland bench. With Roy and Wallace coming off the bench we lack the flexibility for growth in the starting 5. Roy cannot stay on the team with such a huge contract if he is a bench player, no matter how good he is every other game. Don't get me wrong I like him but if W. Mattews is not going to be benched in favor of B. Roy, Roy must be traded for the good of the team in order to land a top 10 center who unlike M. Camby scores 15+ points and 11+ rebounds per game.
Player personnel changes would have wait until the season's end as the Blazers are playing a high quality brand of basketball. But since you insist, I will speculate along with you.We were already over the salary cap due to Roy's and Aldridge's contract like you stated. Marcus Camby makes 12M/yr over 2 yrs (which is too high for me) serving as an insurance policy to Greg Oden, and it came in handy. With extensions given to Batum, Fernandez and the FA acquisition of Matthews makes us severely strap. It will be interesting to see what deal Rich Cho presents to GO this offseason. I don't see us trading Roy unless his contract is restructured, and under current CBA teams over the salary cap are not afforded that privilege. The only deal I can fathom is Roy going to the Clippers for centerpieces Foye, Kaman and 1st rd. pick (other players from both teams will be thrown in to satisfy the economics equity) or the Bulls for Asik, Deng and 2 future 1st rd pick w/ the same criteria to match salaries. Obvious this is just speculation and banter. We'll have to see at the end of the season.Roy is playing quite well since his return. Recall that Roy and Camby have only been back for ~7 games and are not fully acclimated to the system. As long as the Blazers continue to win, I see Roy as a bench player with Wallace. Unless Roy returns to form (1st 5 games of the season) and Wallace plays at supreme level and/or the regression of Nic and Wesley or amounting losses (highly doubt) - the current rotations stays. An old saying, "Winning cures everything."
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