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  1. jonthorpe
    jonthorpe
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    Posted 03/15/2012 6:17 PM

    Chad Buchanan continues to amaze me with his ability to pull of trades that we dont necessarily expect.

    To start off: Camby for Flynn & Thabeet

    Flynn: While he has been a bit of a dissapointment, realize has played for two terrible teams with a surplus of PGs ahead of him. In Minnesota, Ridnour and in Houston, Lowry and Dragic. He was a high draft pick in 2009 and looked like one of the best PGs coming out of a well-coached Syracuse background. Low risk because his contract can end this season. If I were Canales, I'd play him a lot this season, nothing left to loose, especially with Felton out there.

    Thabeet: Yes I admit he has been quite the dissapointment so far after being drafted very highly. However, take in consideration the fact that he is 7'3" and played for a final four team, UCONN. People with his size don't come around very often. I'd give him some time, his career isnt over yet. Blazers need to find a way to truly motivate him because if he gives it his all, there is a lot of potential with his size.



    Gerald Wallace for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams, NJ FIRST ROUND PICK

    GW: We all knew Gerald Wallace would probably not be coming back for another year even if he wanted to because his contract was so large for the production we got out of him.

    Okur: Out for the season, but his contract ends this year. I doubt he will be resigned unless there is no better option at center.

    S Williams: Ummm, do I need to comment? Wavie material

    FIRST ROUND PICK: While I do think calling this draft a "very deep" one is an exaggeration, a first round pick is still a first round pick. Optimistically, think how every great young PG out there right now was a draft pick. Ours is just waiting for us. Looking at the standings now, New Jersey would pick sixth overall and I dont see them dropping their record substantially while Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace are running the show. Should be safe from losing the pick to the protection.



    Instead of doing what the Blazers have the past couple seasons (finding little pieces to "get us closer", which hasnt worked) Chad, Larry, and Paul all realized it was time to rebuild. I congratulate them for realizing what needed to be done, I was really fearing that they were being too optimistic after Chad's comments a month ago. I was pleasantly surprised.

    From here I think the Blazers should heavily play their younger players, newly acquired and not, to see who should stick around for the future of this team. They will obviously get two very good first round draft picks, hey if they play bad enough they might get a pick higher than New jersey's! In the draft, get a PG and C that are not just athletic, but promising to the future of a franchise.

    During the summer, I see the Blazers letting Felton, Okur, and Shawne Williams leave. Matthews has really been a dissapointment so I woulnt mind seeing him be part of a trade. We will obviously have a ton of cap space, but who to go after? Below is a link to the 2012 NBA free Agents. Take a look at the list, share who the Blazers should REALISTICALLY sign.

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/2012-nba-free-agents

    I like the looks of O.J.Mayo, Aaron Brooks, and altho its probably a fantasy, Roy Hibbert would solve problems at center for the next decade.



    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with what occured today. While I wanted to see Felton and Crawford shipped as well, progress was made in every other way. Hats of to Chad, make him permanent GM already!

    Looking forward to a young team next season with every rotten trace of this season stripped from the roster.



    I am a fan of DEFENSE CREATES OFFENSE
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/15/2012 6:29 PM

    George Hill, Indiana Pacers – $2.1 million – Restricted ($3.1 million Qualifying Offer)

    would be a great addition on our squad. He's a tough cat who played for Popovich and knows how to play the game.

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/15/2012 6:30 PM

    @ 2 guard: C.J. Miles, Utah Jazz – $3.7 million – Unrestricted
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/15/2012 6:32 PM

    @sf: Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets – $2.1 million – Restricted ($3.1 million Qualifying Offer)

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/15/2012 6:34 PM

    Backup Pf: Brandon Bass, Boston Celtics – $4.3 million – Player Option ($4.3 million)

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/15/2012 6:38 PM

    Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets – $3.1 million – Restricted ($4.2 million Qualifying Offer)

    Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns – $2.8 million – Restricted ($4.0 million Qualifying Offer)

    Get both of them, they play better supporting eachother

    Obviously id love to have Hibbert.



    Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets – $3.1 million – Restricted ($4.2 million Qualifying Offer)

    Chris Kaman, New Orleans Hornets – $12.7 million – Unrestricted

    JaVale McGee, Washington Wizards – $2.5 million – Restricted ($3.5 million Qualifying Offer)

    Marcus Camby, Portland Trail Blazers – $12.9 million – Unrestricted

    Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers – $4.1 million – Unrestricted

    Kwame Brown, Milwaukee Bucks – $6.8 million – Unrestricted

    Aaron Gray, Toronto Raptors – $2.5 million – Unrestricted

    Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns – $2.8 million – Restricted ($4.0 million Qualifying Offer)



    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. jonthorpe
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    Posted 03/15/2012 8:36 PM

    Looks like Wilson Chandler will be signing with Denver any day now, already working out there.

    Can Brook Lopez recover well from his injury?

    I don't see Brandon Bass going anywehre, Celtics love him and for good reason.

    I agree, George Hill would be a great pickup

    I am a fan of DEFENSE CREATES OFFENSE
  1. The Unholy
    The Unholy
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    Posted 03/15/2012 11:19 PM

    depends on how flynn plays the rest of the year. from what i've seen and heard this draft doesnt seem to be awfully deep in pgs. i say we draft the best player available since that seems to bite the blazers in the ass, then hopefully sign nash/mayo.
    I am a fan of high octane motion offense
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 03/16/2012 2:28 AM

    yah, a huge step over a cliff.



    We're still falling, it'll be awhile until we land.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. BDawg
    BDawg
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    Posted 03/16/2012 7:31 AM

    Tobyus, I disagree.  The process to getting this franchise back to relevance has now started.  However, it is very important to remember today that this will be a process, as we celebrate what appears to be a fresh start.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
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