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May 03

The pencils fly as Blazer fans everywhere come up with the "perfect trade idea"

We've all had a few days to digest the fact that the Blazers are done for the season and, typically, this is the point that the fan-generated trade scenarios start to pop up, as we try to come up with the "perfect plan" for improving the roster.  I am a big fan of this practice, but before we get ahead of ourselves, can we take just a moment to set our pencils down and consider the basic contract status of each current Blazer player?  Not their specific salary numbers, just their contract status.  Understanding where the team stands right now will help us, I believe, in creating the most realistic ideas for improving the team.

Here, then, is my understanding of the basic contract status of each player.  The organization doesn't make this information public, so I'm relying on various media and internet sources for this information, which isn't always 100% correct.  Also, I'm representing their contract status under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is subject to change this summer.  Any changes in the CBA could affect players' current contract status, but for now, all we can do is go off of what we currently understand to be true.  So, with those caveats out of the way, here are my best guesses for each player's status:

Brandon Roy - under contract through 2013-14, with 2014-15 at his discretion through an Early Termination Option.

Marcus Camby - under contract through 2011-12.

LaMarcus Aldridge - under contract through 2014-15.

Gerald Wallace - under contract through 2011-12, with 2012-13 at his discretion through a Player Option.

Andre Miller - under contract through 2011-12, although next season's contract amount is not guaranteed if he is waived before June 29th.  This may sound like a "Team Option", but differs from a true Team Option in several ways, not the least of which affects the ability of the team to trade him between now and the end of June if they choose to do so.

Greg Oden - will be a free agent this summer.  If the team makes a qualifying offer, he'll be a restricted free agent.  If the team chooses not to make a qualifying offer, he'll be an unrestricted free agent.

Wesley Matthews - under contract through 2014-15.

Luke Babbitt - under contract through 2011-12, with both 2012-13 and 2013-14 at the team's discretion through Team Options.

Elliot Williams - under contract through 2011-12, with both 2012-13 and 2013-14 at the team's discretion through Team Options.

Rudy Fernandez - under contract through 2011-12.  He is eligible for an extension that would start in the 2012-13 season if both he and the team can agree to terms this summer.  If an extension is not signed before the end of October, he will become a free agent in the summer of 2012.

Nicolas Batum - under contract through 2011-12.  He is eligible for an extension that would start in the 2012-13 season if both he and the team can agree to terms this summer.  If an extension is not signed before the end of October, he will become a free agent in the summer of 2012.

Patty Mills - will be a free agent this summer.  If the team makes a qualifying offer, he'll be a restricted free agent.  If the team chooses not to make a qualifying offer, he'll be an unrestricted free agent.

Armon Johnson - under contract through 2011-12.

Chris Johnson - under contract through 2011-12, although it's my understanding that the contract amount is not fully guaranteed.

Earl Barron - under contract through 2011-12, although it's my understanding that the contract amount is not fully guaranteed.

THE SKINNY - 13 of the 15 players can be traded between now and the end of June.  The only players that cannot, because of their expiring contracts, are Greg Oden and Patty Mills.


OK, now that we have some idea as to where things stand, pick up your pencils let the trade proposals fly!

4 Comments

  1. Great stuff, Looks like a lot of sign and trade potential. Ithink we should sign GW to a long term contract and resign Oden and C. Johnson to three year deals.

    by mbmurr1 on 5/4/2011 12:34 PM
  2. Actually not a lot of sign and trade potential as almost everybody is already under contract (sign and trades are made with free agents), but plenty of room for various trade scenarios.

    Wallace might get a new contract when his current one expires in a year or two (the difference being whether or not he exercises his option for 2012-13.

    No need to 're-sign' Johnson as he's already under contract for next season. Maybe give him a new deal in the summer of 2012.

    by Storyteller on 5/15/2011 10:42 PM
  3. great rundown. on the surface, i think i'm most concerned about Crash's contract. sure, we have him next season, but will he exercise his option? good question, i thnk.

    if it's allowed under the new CBA, i'd sign Greg to a two-year contract, with team options for the third year and fourth year. (not sure you can do that with a non-rookie, but it seems reasonable). let's find out what CJ can provide over the course of the season before committing long-term.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 5/16/2011 1:02 PM
  4. Gerald is moving his family here this summer. That suggests longer-term to me. Like Marcus, how could he not love it here?

    by sarahhecht on 5/16/2011 1:15 PM
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