With all this talk about the Blazers needing a backup power forward it got me thinking about what type of player would best fill that role. With the team as it is currently constructed, the backup power forward needs to not only be a tough interior defender, but also needs to be an offensive threat b/c with Joel on the floor, putting one more anemic offensive player with him would allow 5 defenders to focus on our other 3 players, thus making it tough to find the space to score. Also, the ability to shift over to the center position once in awhile in case Joel or Greg get into foul trouble would be an essential trait. Preferably, this player would be a veteran and have playoff experience.
Now I know this may be controversial with some people, but Rasheed Wallace fits the bill perfectly. He's a free agent this summer. If he would accept coming back to Portland and the fans would accept him, he could be just what the doctor ordered. He could play 20 minutes or so, and not ever have to worry about being the man. He is an excellent interior defender, in fact, one of the best at defending Dwight Howard. He would provide a huge scoring threat on the 2nd unit and could even mix in with the starters from time-to-time. And if any injuries happened to either of our centers or LaMarcus, he could easily take over and the talent level wouldn't drop off much. And lastly, he doesn't just have playoff experience, he was a key component on a championship winning team.
The drawbacks? We all saw those the first time around in Portland. Though, I am willing to bet that if his role is lesser with the team and less pressure is put upon him, he will keep himself under control...as he was for the most part in Detroit.
Would he come back to Portland if they offered him a contract? Doubtful. Would fans accept him back? My guess is, most would.