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Okay, I'll Ask It: Trade LMA?

I am (sometimes) the admitted king of overreaction. So, here I am reacting to the most recent LMA injury. But consider:

  1. He's diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, a notoriously difficult problem to overcome and sometimes chronic.
  2. He missed the Olympic workouts because of a bad heel, perhaps related?
  3. He missed time with a weird heart malady in the spring, though supposedly cured.
  4. He missed time in the beginning of last year with the shoulder surgery.
I love LMA's game. Love it. Love his jumper. I think he has worlds of potential. But so did Fred Taylor (RB in the NFL). This is a pretty impressive list of injuries for a guy who's barely been in the NBA for a full season's worth of games (and that not even including the second season of the playoffs).

So I'm asking, at what point does the injury risk of LMA outweigh the potential of LMA?

The answer to that question is crucial. Right now, his stock is amazingly high. We could conceivably discuss him in terms of the biggest trades in the league. Maybe even Kidd; maybe even Kobe. Certainly a another very talented PF.

I sometimes feel like Blazer fans have a sense that they have to "pay their dues" and suffer through a few seasons of losing to "earn" a championship. I say BS. There's nothing preventing a few lightning trades and making a viable team immediately if the circumstances are right. I see what a veteran like James Jones can mean and I wonder what a truly great veteran could do with the youth around him.

So the question above. What would be a reasonble trade for LMA? And for those of you who claim that it's too early to call LMA inury prone, what would put you over the top? Another couple of weeks to an ankle? Another bout of plantar fasciitis? Do you who want to wait worry about waiting too long to admit the truth and losing the trade value that LMA might have?

Reactionary? Perhaps. But I think it's worth talking about.

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