I have to admit my thoughts concerning this issue were inspired by a local columnists column. But given our success thus far this season I've been thinking about this for a while. The idea many seem to be embracing in light of our success is that we make no major move or trade
Is this wise? It certainly is easy. It's easy to look at our success and look at our young roster and simply say, "Stay The Course!". Batum, Bayless, Outlaw, Sergio we certainly have a lot of young talent. We are playing well and exceeding the expectations of many. Keep in mind I present the following as something I might just totally disagree with myself, but I think it is worth evaluation. The idea that conservative approach might not be the best thing despite our immediate success.
It seems to me there are a few aspects that could make a trade now or in the near future appealing and potentially more beneficial then waiting or not doing anything. One of them being that we are a young team doing very well. Which without naming names, because if I use someone as an example I will invite a tsunami of we can't trade MY favorite young player commentary, means that it is likely right now that one or more of our young players are being overvalued by opponents. As much as we like to believe every person to wear a Blazer Uni is going to become an all-star, that is not likely to be the long term reality.
Another aspect, is I believe eventually The Blazers must make some roster choices. Clearly we do have talent ahead of talent and some of that talent needs opportunity to develop, contribute and grow that simply will not exist with our current talent configuration. I don't believe this aspect is immediately pressing because this season it seems this roster has boughten into the 15=16 idea. But in the not so distant future I think some tough decisions will have to be made. It's very likely some favorites of many, some hopefuls and will have to be traded for their good as well as The Blazers. I was hoping to avoid direct comparison but the simplest way to example is as a rookie Bayless seems willing if not thrilled to be mostly a DNPCD bench player. Which works for this season. But how about the next? Clearly to me 3pgs Blake, Sergio, Bayless with Roy taking some minutes as well, is far too many for a real opportunity for Bayless. I for one don't want more badly translated statements from Sergios agent in Spain. Someday a decision will have to be made.
Final aspect, there seems to be a window. We have players right now other teams covet. We have RLEC. A slump, an injury, or the slow realization that a young player actually might not be as good as we all hoped or thought and value is lost. Like I said earlier, I think I disagree with everything I just said, BUT I do think there is danger in simply being conservative. I guess for me it boils down to the following: We don't have to make a trade, we probably shouldn't make a trade, but we better not act like an organization that is unwilling to make a trade, or not looking to make a trade because I think that could be the most dangerous attitude we could embrace. It's a very fine line that makes it sound like I'm squarely on the fence, but I'm really not. I'm for conservative aggression and quiet but active exploration of all options.