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To be honest, if the next two seasons don't pan out I think LA and Batum will be traded for 2+ 1st rounders each and the team will rebuild. I think LA will be with the team until the last year of his current contract.
I couldn't disagree more. I see LaMarcus and Nico as career Blazers. I like to think he'll be our Tim Duncan and truly love this franchise as many of us do. A lot of former Blazers keep their homes here for a reason. Blazer culture is special. The Rose Garden is special and why not show some positive affirmations to these guys? I, for one, am not ready to throw my favorite team under the bus anytime soon. The new front office and coaching staff have not even had a chance to achieve an impact...give them a chance!
Well depends on if JJ Hickson is a consistent PF. If he can be a 15 and 8 guy then it would be cloggy having 2 really good PF. He has a 1 year contract though. I think If you see Blazers lock him up long term then LA is going to go. It would hurt so much to see him go though. He has given so much to the franchise. He has been here ever since I got into Basketball. To see him leave would hurt a lot. Just like when Brandon left..But since he is an all star and a top 5 PF you know you can get some great assets in return. Demarcus Cousins or James Harden would be the players I want the most from a trade with Lamarcus Aldridgeits funny we might start LA trade rumors lol
Both JJ and LA are stretch 4s and if we're going to be a running team it's a real asset to have fresh legs for 4 quarters without production drop off. I value them both but if I had to choose, LaMarcus would always stay. If JJ turns out to be a star, I'd trade him after the season before LaMarcus to fill a positional need. Like Popovich says about Duncan, I say about LaMarcus..he's untouchable in the trade market. He's the face of the franchise like Dirk in Dallas.
First of all, I love the Blazers. LA is 27 with a 3 year contract so we will either trade him in 2 years or lock him up when he is 29 with a 4 year extension at max deal. Then things depend on how well the team is playing if he will be traded or not, just to be straight LA is not Duncan, the difference between them more then anything is defense and Duncan plays in the paint, LA plays outside the paint for the most part which is why his rebounding #'s are not what they should be for a player with his talent level.
Well I think you're missing my comparison between LA and Duncan...it was in regards to loving their team and loyalty..not which is a better defender or plays where on the court. They are, though, both allstars listed at powerforward and soft spoken guys with loyalty that have spent their careers with one team. LaMarcus is still in his prime. He didn't start his career next to David Robinson either. In my book, he's a keeper.
Yes he is a keeper, and in his prime. He will be 30 at the end of this contract and good for one more 4-5 year deal. He did play with Marcus Camby who is a rebounder and defensive specialist. I hope we keep LA, but I want the Blazers to win not certain players, I would sacrifice all players on our roster for another banner in the rafters next to the one that says'77 Champions.
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