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Jan 20


By linfieldrunner

Okay, here's the plain, honest-to-god truth from this morning's Oregonian.

Olshey admitted that last summer, he had NO IDEA we would be a playoff team, and thus DID NOT SPEND ANY REAL MONEY on our god-awful bench. Of course, he looks like an IDIOT now.

Watching last night's loss against Milwaukee, I do not see us being a playoff team anymore if we keep the same players. SOMETHING has to change, i.e. at the very least, Nolan Smith should be waived ASAP. This guy has just not proven enough to me either as a PG or SG that he's worth keeping around. I think if he wasn't on the floor at all and Price came in instead during the 1st quarter, we would have won the game. Seriously.

Getting to the main issue, if we're going to make the playoffs, WE NEED A BETTER BENCH. If Olshey has any brains left (don't even get me STARTED...) he will at least consider making a trade for a proven sixth-man scorer off the bench before the trade deadline in February.

Here's the thing, though. Clearly the only player we have with any value that isn't in the middle of a contract is J.J. Hickson, and we definitely aren't getting rid of the other starters any time soon. Yes, I know J.J's stats are extremely impressive, and YES, I know he has 23 double-doubles for the season. He's playing extremely well in his role! BUT, I'd wager to say that if he doesn't get traded soon for a sixth-man guy, WE WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. At this point, I'd rather see Meyers and/or Joel start at the 5 and have our bench be much improved.

With all that said, here's my question for all of you. Should we, in fact, shop around to trade J.J., and if we do, who do we trade him for? Or do we stick it out and settle for not making the playoffs and focusing on next year's team, which Olshey originally had in mind way back when?

All comments are appreciated.

Max MIlander '14


  1. Totally agree. I love the game that J.J. is playing. However, like you noted our bench is not ready to take us to the next level. I would go as far to say that we do not have a scorer on our bench; maybe Meyers, however, I don't want to put our bench's future in his hands yet. As a Blazers fan I look at that fact that J.J. will most likely want a much bigger contract after this season, based on how he is playing. So if we don't trade him we may end up losing him in the off season, and gain nothing from him. If we trade him now we may get something good. Maybe a okay player and a draft pick, or we may be able to get lucky and get a big pick from trading him. I do agree that we need to waive Nolan Smith. I do like the idea of Meyers starting at 5. I like the game that Gordon Hayward or even Randy Foye from the Jazz, so maybe trading for them and a draft pick. Who knows.

    by Travis on 1/21/2013 9:59 AM
  2. Travis,

    Thanks for the comment! Randy Foye...YES. I love his game! Hayward wouldn't be too shabby, either! That's the other thing, which I'm glad you mentioned, about J.J. probably wanting a much bigger contract. Couldn't agree more. Now is the time to pick something up in exchange for him.

    I also posted the same prompt on the message boards (again, under TRADE J.J. OR MISS PLAYOFFS?) and would love to have your comment on there. That conversation has actually gotten plenty of feedback, if you're curious and want to join in. We've been talking about possibly getting Barbosa from the Celtics in exchange for J.J...what are your thoughts on that? Again, thanks.

    by linfieldrunner on 1/21/2013 10:30 AM
  3. And to think we passed on Foye to get B-Roy in the '06 draft! How crazy that would be!!!

    by linfieldrunner on 1/21/2013 10:31 AM
  4. Yes, it was crazy that we got Roy instead of Foye. Don't get me wrong, I love his game. He had great talent. Could have been one of the best. But I am not a fan of the injuries. I would not mind having a Barbosa. Do you think it would be just a player for player trade, or maybe since J.J. is having a pretty good season we could get a player plus a draft pick?

    by Travis on 1/21/2013 5:49 PM
  5. To be honest, I really don't know. After last night's loss...I don't think I'm going to be on here for a while. Not until we win. Sorry I can't add to this anymore.

    by linfieldrunner on 1/22/2013 7:13 AM
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