The Trail Blazers have waived forward Ryan Gomes.
Gomes, along with Luke Babbitt (16th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft), was acquired in a draft day trade with the Timberwolves for guard/forward Martell Webster
Gomes does have some talent... I woudn't be suprised if a team like the Wizards signs him so he can prove himself.
i don't like that move. I feel he could have played a productive role for the trail blazers. You also know how they all tend to get injured, so he probably would have been a nice go to guy off the bench.
He's one nice piece for a team who will be close to the cap. Maybe a team like Orlando to replace the toughness Barnes brought?
i do think he would of worked out with the trail blazers, but i do think they picked up two young power forwards in the draft last year, pendergraph & cunningham, hopefully at least one comes into a good one soon
Gomes would be perfect for a title contender. He's a matchup problem because of his size and versatile skill set for his size. I like the Orlando prediction, he'd be a good fit there.
I didn't expect the Blazers to waive him, but they do have limited roster spots.
they wanted to get under the luxury tax and he was a repetitive player (babbitt, cunningham, batum all play the 3 already)
For all of you that are unaware of this little fact:
Gomes had a partially guarenteed contract. Since the wolves traded him away to the blazers, the blazers would have had to pay his full salary for next year which was approx, $4 million. But since the blazers waived him by Jun 30th, they only had to pay approx. $500,000.... So this trade was done solely for financial reasons..
The Blazers saved quite a few million by trading Webster for Babbitt and Gomes, and then waiving Gomes.
Yes the blazers did same a few million in that trade. Not only did they save money by waiving Gomes before July 1st where he would have been paid his full salary. The blazers also dont have to pay Webster's salary which is 4.8 million for this year and 5.25 for next year.
In my opinion, I think the wolves should have kept babbit, but the new coach Kurt Rambis, loves Webster, I guess he has for years.
Yes... Very good financial move for the Blazers...
I like Webster though. He's a good player, plus he's still young (23 years old). He has good size (6' 7.5" 235), length (6' 11" wingspan), strength and athleticism. He's a very good defender on the perimeter AND in the post. He can really shoot the ball too.
A lot of people say he's a bust, but I disagree. He broke his foot a couple of times in Portland and just didn't get as big as an opportunity as he would've liked considering the Blazers have been so loaded on the wing.