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Ira Winderman on how the CBA may change

Page 3 has the following question & answer about what the Blazers are likely to do this summer. Q: Since the Blazers didn’t pull the trigger on Vince Carter at the trade deadline, what might they do in the offseason? — Steve, Las Vegas Even with Darius Miles back on the cap for $9 million next season, Portland still could have as much as $8 million to spend in free agency this summer. A veteran answer at small forward still would appear to be the goal, which could lead to additional overtures on the trade market. While the Blazers won't have the insurance-covered contract of Raef LaFrentz to offer, they still have enough young talent to tempt in a trade, perhaps starting with Travis Outlaw or Martell Webster. And keep in mind, by being below the salary cap, the Blazers would not have to send out an equivalent amount of salary to bring in a proven veteran. That should have teams such as the Nets, with Vince Carter, listening again this summer. The Kevin Pritchard way has been to tie the NBA draft and the trade market into one process. This June, the Blazers hold their own picks, as well as the second-round picks of the Knicks, Nuggets and Clippers, as well as the draft rights to such overseas prospects as Joel Freeland and Petteri Koponen. It figures to be a busy end of June and start of July for the Blazers.

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