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Old 06-28-2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default Where To Go From Here?

What would you like Portland to do now that the draft is complete? We are pretty damn deep with young talent and obviously with the past that Portland has seen (Jermaine O' Neal) it makes it pretty hard with us to send away young talent for proven role players, but in this situation, I think it's time to do it. Joel Przybilla only has a couple years left until he stops being a productive center, Raef LaFrentz rarely plays, James Jones is shopping himself on the free agent market, and Steve Blake won't take us where we need to go albeit he is a great back up point guard in this league, but a below average starter.

Bayless/Blake/Rodriguez
Roy/Fernandez
Outlaw/Webster
Aldridge/Frye/Diogu/LaFrentz
Oden/Przybilla

Obviously we can sign two guys, but we are over the cap so they would probably be one or two year deals to guys like the Darvin Hams and the Paul Shirley's of the world. Guys that won't see playing time and won't effect the outcome of games. So why not now trade some young pieces like Martell Webster, Channing Frye and if a team would like Outlaw instead of Webster and the deal is sweet enough, why not trade Outlaw. He's still developing but right now he's a defensive liablity and still needs a lot of work and all of his success came against power forwards last season, something that really concerns me. I'd love if we could move LaFrentz with a young piece to a team under the cap for some trash and then go out and try to get Luol Deng or (hate it if you want) Ron Artest to a short contract. We could also package LaFrentz with picks and a young piece to Miami for Shawn Marion. Marion said a couple seasons ago (when he first became upset with Phoenix) that he'd like to play on a young up and coming team in the West so he can be the leader. Obviously Roy would still hold the leader role but I think he'd gel with the type of players we have here and he brings great defense at the three, something Portland needs. These are just ideas. Feel free to give your own.
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:17 PM   #2
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where to go from here?? It's time to start the dynasty!
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:26 PM   #3
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Gotta think its time to slow down the trading. Let's take a look at what we have.

Oden - hasn't played a preseason game yet.
Bayless - hasn't played a preseason game yet.
Fernandez - hasn't played a preseason game yet.

There is a lot to be proved here - a whole lot.

I also disagree with your assessment of Pryzbilla. Bigs tend to have a longer life expectancy than littles. I am very comfortable with the front line of Oden, Pryzbilla, Aldridge, Frye, and Diogu (for a little muscle).
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:37 PM   #4
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Agreed. Slow down on trades. If Webster/Sergio/Diogu/picks could be put in some combination for a nice upgrade in SF, cool. If not, don't trade anybody. I'm fine with this lineup:

Blake/Bayless/Sergio(please keep his minutes limited)/(Koponen if Sergio is a goner)
Roy/Rudy
Webster/Outlaw/Batum (maybe a vet SF from free agency for the right price)
Aldridge/Frye/Diogu
Oden/Przybilla/Raef
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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In the future I expect to see this lineup:

Bayless/Koponen/Blake
Roy/Fernandez
Outlaw/(SF)
Aldridge/Frye/(PF/C)
Oden/Przybilla/(PF/C)
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:58 PM   #6
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In the future I expect to see this lineup:

Bayless/Koponen/Blake
Roy/Fernandez
Outlaw/(SF)
Aldridge/Frye/(PF/C)
Oden/Przybilla/(PF/C)

If we're trading Webster I hope its more: (SF)/Outlaw than vice versa. I also have a hard time seeing Blake as a 3rd string. If Koponen passes up Blake, I could easily see Blake leaving to be a bigger part of a team. Though ideally Blake does stay as a 3rd string and takes a pay cut to do it when his contract runs out.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:04 PM   #7
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If we're trading Webster I hope its more: (SF)/Outlaw than vice versa. I also have a hard time seeing Blake as a 3rd string. If Koponen passes up Blake, I could easily see Blake leaving to be a bigger part of a team. Though ideally Blake does stay as a 3rd string and takes a pay cut to do it when his contract runs out.

That's kind of what I'm thinking. By the point we're looking at that, I'm hoping Blake is more of the veteran on the team, helping guide the two younger PGs as they shine.
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