Blazers Deciding To Pull Back?

A six-game winning streak before the All-Star break may have changed the Portland Trail Blazers from sellers to buyers before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Several league sources say that Portland has changed its mind about trading most of, if not all, of its veteran big men for youth before the deadline. The Blazers had informed teams around the league that they would likely be tearing down their roster after hearing the severity of guard Brandon Roy’s knee maladies, and after losing center Greg Oden for yet another season due to a knee injury.

Teams believed the Blazers would definitely trade point guard Andre Miller before the deadline, and perhaps move both Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla as well.

But the inspired play of forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who took on a bigger scoring burden with Roy out, and the team’s rally before the break have the Blazers now thinking they could not only maintain their fifth-place standing in the Western Conference, but perhaps get a spot higher with a couple of targeted trades. Portland is looking for a backup point guard and a scoring big man to play in the rotation behind Aldridge–and perhaps alongside Aldridge when he plays center. That would likely explain Portland’s interest in Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace, as reported by multiple outlets Wednesday. But getting Wallace, who makes $9.5 million this season in Charlotte, would have to include at least one of Portland’s veterans to make the deal work–though the Blazers do have Oden’s $6.7 million salary as a potential chip to use.

11 Comments

  1. [...] Blazers have won six in a row so they are starting to pull back from big trades. Do they really think they have something to build toward a title [...]

  2. BlazeHerr says:

    I’m glad that the Blazer’s aren’t trading anything away, and this just proves that Aldridge should be an MvP canidate.

    He may not be a top 10 player (even though he probably is for the season), but because of his improved play, everything the Blazers worked for the past couple of seasons remains because of HIS play.

    Roy looked great last night, and if Nate didn’t pull him, it would have been a Blazer victory. (if refs also called the fouls when LaMarcus was hammered 3 times in the closing minute of the 4th the Blazers would have won as well). I have no problem with standing pat.

    BTW to the dude that said Oden is the Sam Bowie 2.0 – it’s people like you that need to stop commenting. Oden is 22, and dominated the likes of Shaq. When did Bynum and Bogut dominate him? To give up on Oden when he’s young and has proven to be dominant in the games he has played and in college is insanity. Stop hating and cheer for your team that’s outperforming nearly everyone.

  3. [...] Blazers have won six in a row so they are starting to pull back from big trades. Do they really think they have something to build toward a title [...]

  4. [...] David Aldridge, NBA.com: Several league sources say that Portland has changed its mind about trading most of, if not all, of its veteran big men for youth before the deadline. The Blazers had informed teams around the league that they would likely be tearing down their roster after hearing the severity of guard Brandon Roy’s knee maladies, and after losing center Greg Oden for yet another season due to a knee injury. Teams believed the Blazers would definitely trade point guard Andre Miller before the deadline, and perhaps move both Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla as well. But the inspired play of forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who took on a bigger scoring burden with Roy out, and the team’s rally before the break have the Blazers now thinking they could not only maintain their fifth-place standing in the Western Conference, but perhaps get a spot higher with a couple of targeted trades. Portland is looking for a backup point guard and a scoring big man to play in the rotation behind Aldridge — and perhaps alongside Aldridge when he plays center. [...]

  5. gm melilli says:

    it doest matter that the west is weakened by recent developments, and it doesnt matter that the blazers COULD be a contender with this roster when healthy (as suggested by their current hugh western standing in the midst of injury).
    what does mater, is that portland have been a satisfactory 50 win team the past few seasons, and unfortunatley, satisfactory isnt good enough in a league like the NBA, where only the deeply stacked organisations, of which there are plenty, have a chance at a conference title and league chip.
    Facts are this, Portlands number 1 pick in oden will never live up to the expected potential that he carried on draft day a few years ago. i dont care what anyone sais, but oden no matter how good he gets, will not be good enough to carry this team. now this is by no fault of his own, but the fault of bad fortune due to injury. a similar case wth brandon roy. i wont be suprised to see than man call the quits within the next two years. he has no miniscus for christs sake. again, a talented guy, who has been struck down with bad luck.
    other facts are these, that andre miller is old, and his best years are behind him. that cambys best is done. and that players such as pryzbyla and batum will never be game changers, and dont have starting 5 quality. fernandez isnt anything special either.
    point of this statement, is that portland should rebuild. dismantle this exhausted and tried system and personel, and build a new team around one man, lamarcus aldrige, the most under rated player in this league. unfortunatley portland blew it, and im hoping, just hoping, that this summer, is the summer of the portland trailblazers, where trades take place and signings are made, to ensure quality youth, and strong healthy basketballers, surround themselves around the big power forward. itl take some time, and sure the team may struggle for the short term, but its better than delaying the enevidable realisation that these years were wasted with the current scetch of this roster

    • C Reyes says:

      yeah im one of the biggest blazer fans that you will ever come across and i couldnt agree more with you
      all the injuries really messed up the potential that we have/had. But honestly it was only potential. We had a couple good years in a row but we seem to be falling apart. I feel we need to keep lamarcus Aldridge..i think hes top 3 PF in the leauge. and we need to keep Wesley mathews too..Seems like veryone else could be in trade talk, or at least should be.

  6. [...] to Portland talks are dead. Some reports had Joel Pryzbilla and draft picks from the Blazers. Portland may hold back on trading Andre Miller, Joel Pryzbilla, Marcus Camby and Greg Oden. -Memphis is [...]

  7. JailBlazers #1 says:

    JoRdan is not trading Wallace and you don’t give up a new young center who could potentially dominate the league if he was healthy. Blazers have invested too much in Oden to trade him for anything other than a lottery pick or a future game changer.

    • Are You Serious? says:

      Old man Greg is the Sam Bowie 2.0. He was dominated by the likes of Andrew Bynum and Andrew Bogut when he Was HEALTHY, for like what? 1/2 a season? If you fail to see that he’s the second coming of Mr. Glass. Then You should pay a visit to your closest clinic.

  8. With the recent weakening of the West, Portland can stand pat, make the playoffs and see what happens. The addition of Gerald Wallace (for Pryzbilla, Picks + Cash) would be an easy decision, but don’t count on MJ pulling the plug on this one.

    Pyzbilla, Oden and Miller can all be cleared for the 2012 sweeps – and if Roy can return to form, adding Howard next to Roy, Aldridge, Batum and a “pg of the future” will make for a nice recovery from this recession!