After the Blazers defeated the Suns last night Charles Barkley said, aside from what he always says about Portland needing a post presence which will come next year when Oden is back. But he said something like "it really takes this many injuries to find Jerryd Bayless some minutes?" And he's never been more right. I've been saying for the last 2 years that Bayless needs to be in the rotation regularly. I'm an Arizona Wildcats basketball fan and I watched a lot of his college games and I knew he would potentially be a star in the NBA. I thought he was the second best point guard in that draft other then Derrick Rose.
I've heard people talking about showing off Bayless this year then trading him next season. I say no. Keep Bayless. Think about it this way. Bayless can be a highly productive 6th man much like Jason Terry in Dallas. Terry is one of the more talented players on that Dallas roster and he doesn't start. He comes off the bench and gives them good minutes and high energy. If Bayless comes off the bench then you won't need him to be a traditional point guard. If you run a 9 man rotation this is how you could look at it. First you trade Outlaw for a power forward like maybe Tyrus Thomas though I don't know if their contacts match up for a trade. But say you get Tyrus Thomas to be your backup power forward, Joel is obviously your backup center, Rudy can play the 3 and the 2, Bayless can play the 2 and the 1. You give Bayless 23 to 25 minutes a game and he'll be solid. Find a way to get rid of either Blake or Miller for an insurance policy at the center or maybe you can throw one of them in a trade with Outlaw for a power forward. Also find a way to get rid of Webster too. Not Batum. I don't know what they would get back or who would want Webster. I haven't looked into it that much.
Here's the rotation:
PG: Blake or Miller/Bayless