This will probably not go over well, but not a big deal.
I really think the blazers should trade Lamarcus and outlaw for Amare Stoudemire. The reason im saying this is because i dont see lamarcus ever becoming the player he can be. All he does is shoot jumpers (well majority of the time), which hes good at. But if youre gona have a power forward like that, u might as well have the best versiion of that guy. Lamarcus is basically a lesser version of amare. Everyone harps on amares D, but on a team thats capable of winning a title and in a system that actually preaches D, i think he can become adequate. Its not like LMA is all defensive, hes just passable too.
Im not sayin he'll never get better, but if we dont see something other than the same jump shooting guy again in the first 2 months, i wouldnt say its probable he'll be taking another step any time soon. Hes only 3 years younger and is up for a new contract. With all the hype he gets he is probably asking for 12-14 mill per. undeserved. Since team salary doesnt matter anymore since roy was resigned, why not get amare for a comparable amount of money (16 this year and his new contract would prob be 16-18 a year) and have a better version of LMA while getting rid of some clutter in outlaw.
I hope LMA improves, but im just not seein it. Amare and his crazy field goal percentage and nice FT percentage would mean an automatic WCF bid and possible finals appearance regardless of how good greg is. And if greg is consistently good, thats a championship team. Obviously the same could be said with LMA this year or in a few years, but in my mind amare would be a an upgrade.
Also after having the eye surgery and thru that ridiculous recovery of 22 hours a day for 10 days of laying prone in a massage table, he claims to have a renewed appreciation for the game.
Well thats all i got.