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Petteri Koponen?

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Petteri Koponen?

Theres a rumor the Blazers signed him to a three year contract.

If its true how much time will he get? what does this mean mean for Mills, and Johnson? and could their new gm go after Freeland, and Claver too?


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A Koppenen siting

dam It's that boring...5 to 10 minute backup...must mean they don't believe in Bayless as a point guard..

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Claver is in town

I've heard nothing on him signing, however Claver is in Portland as we speak. Not signed as of yet.

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Claver is in town

I've heard nothing on him signing, however Claver is in Portland as we speak. Not signed as of yet.

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portlands developing a

portlands developing a crowded roster

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they should unload bayless to

they should unload bayless to a team that will actually give hima chance....

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What?

Hes had every opportunity in the world in Portland ,and it has shown he's got whole's in his game and is not real consistent.

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Trades?

They certainly do have a very crowded roster. I am slightly surprised that while Pritchard has seemed to have agonize over the draft, he has done very little to solidify certain needs for Portland's roster. While the roster had exceptional depth, I think displayed over the past 3 years considering all of the injuries, they just seemed to have a very crowded bench, and both the wing and the point have been real issues. Rudy Fernandez, who is definitely a fan favorite and who is loved by most of the women in Portland, does not seem to be part of the teams future, and is likely to be traded. But other than Rudy, Portland (who I will sometimes refer to as "we", since they are my team and I have roots in Portland), seems to have lots of young talent and not really close to enough minutes or roster spots. I do not think Kevin Pritchard should have been fired. But, do I think he did very little as a GM besides obsess over draft day trades that beyond 2006 did little too solve the Blazers problems? Well, I think the answer has to be yes.

Right now, the Blazers have young guys such as Petteri Kopponen, Victor Claver, Joel Freeland (who was drafted in 2006), Elliot Williams, Patty Mills, Dante Cunningham, Jeff Pendergraph, Armon Johnson and the traded pick this year of Luke Babbitt. Now, consider that Claver is highly unlikely to come over, that still leaves 8 guys all fighting for a roster spot. It certainly appears to be a confusing log jam, especially in two spots where we are not solid, which is PG and back-up 4. I mean, if Marcus Camby becomes our savior at back-up 4, he is still going to have to play a lot of Center I am guessing with the uncertainty of Joel Przybilla (Not to mention Greg, who I am crossing my fingers will be there at the start of the season and starting or backing up and making life miserable in the post with Camby). So, lets look at what a potential roster might look like, than analyze what they should and maybe could do.

PG-Andre Miller (definite tradable asset, though he had some great games and a fantastic Game 1 vs. Phoenix), Jerryd Bayless (Make or break most likely for him next year on the Blazers, though I think he has a bright future, but may have to show that elsewhere), Kopponen/Johnson/Mills

SG-Brandon Roy (Duh), Rudy Fernandez (Who seems to be gone), Elliot Williams (Not much depth here at the moment it seems, though we have tons of small combos, like Bayless/Johnson)

SF-Nicolas Batum, Luke Babbitt (see, not much depth here right now either), Dante Cunningham? (Who I consider a tweener, though he plays hard and is not bad on defense and in short measures)

PF-LaMarcus Aldridge, Juwan Howard (Pretty sure he gets resigned), Jeff Pendergraph, Joel Freeland (who I think has been begging to play in the NBA for as long as I have remembered)

C-Greg Oden, Marcus Camby, Joel Przybilla

So, at this point, besides having the best 3 headed Center in the league (when healthy, mind you), we have a very strange situation at certain positions. This includes shooting guard, where I am quite unsure about Elliot Williams, who could be undersized to defend shooting guards (I am hoping not, but that seems to be the case right now). We have a log jam of PG's, and I think that still is a position you have to worry about. Now, with the loss of Martell, our SF situation appears totally crazy, and with little to no depth. Nicolas Batum is great, but he is quite raw, and we can only hope that Luke Babbitt is the answer at back-up (though I thought it was a tremendous trade, as Luke is way more assertive than Martell as a scorer). Now, the big issue with PF is that we do not have a back-up who really is known for hitting the boards. I hear that Freeland is a good rebounder, but I do not know about him as a defender. Now, once Joel gets healthy, we will see how Marcus Camby works as more of a back-up 4 I am guessing. Our starting line-up appears to be solidified, other than a question mark as whether the center is Camby or Oden. The bigger question is what to do with all of our young players on the bench. Rudy appears to be heading out, but to whom? I wonder if he is even tradable at this point, with all of the rumors of his heading back to Europe, we more than likely will not get much in return, unless their is a team that believes they could give him the role he desires. New York could be a great option, but it did not go through, so that makes it quite uncertain. Teams I can see being a good fit for him otherwise would be Utah, Denver, New Orleans or even Sacramento. But what assets can we get back from those teams? I am thinking Lawson/Collison are not going anywhere for Rudy, and other than that I just do not know. I hope the Blazers make some changes and maybe upgrade a few positions. We are certainly not as deep as we were last year with the losses of Blake, Outlaw and Webster, but those were all guys who had to cleared out one way or another to build this team. Batum's progression at SF will be a huge key to the Blazers taking that next step, and if the team can stay healthy, with the needed additions, we should be near the top of the Western Conference. Unfortunately, we have no idea who will be making these deals for us, and so many unknown questions about this teams health.

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