Portland who also was playing hard for Philadelphia's Andre Miller at the trade deadline seems to be interested in signing either him or kirk hinrich via free agency this off season. Andre Miller would be hard to sign because the Sixers really have no real point guard behind him to run that team. It is known around the NBA community that Portland wants a polished veteran at point, but it's a matter of who does portland want to give up in return for that point guard. Jerryd Bayless in my opinion does not seem to be ready to be a floor general in the NBA and i dont think he ever will be. I loved Steve Blake until he made Aaron Brooks look like a God in the Playoffs this last year and when he tried to be game hero taking a 30 foot three with 16 seconds left in game 4 of the houston series. Sergio is always mad and though he seems like an unselfish player he is actually quite the opposite. He dribbles the ball to much and takes bad shots, when he does pass he makes fancy passes that are unneccesary and often times he dribbles to the ned of the shot clock and then throws up a desperate shot that he will make 1 in 15 tries. Send him to New york because quite frankly I dont want him.
Once again possibilities are flowing here the blazers could trade up in the draft for Eric Maynor or Johnny Flynn and also Ramon Sessions, Kirk Hinrich and Andre Miller are free agents this off season. Starting with Sessions he averaged 12.4 PPG, 5.7 Assists per game, 1.1 steals a game and a shade under 2 turnovers a game. While he is definetly a better defender than steve blake his 3 point shooting of 6-34 and 17% does not fit well with the blazers 3 point shooting style. Kirk Hinrich as a backup playing almost the same amount of minutes a game as Sessions averaged 10 ppg,3.9 assists per game and 1.3 steals a game to go along with a 40% clip from long range. His defense is very good and he would also be an upgrade over steve blake and more than Sessions he fits the blazers syle of play. Andre Miller in 10 more minutes a game averaged 16.6 points a game, 6.5 assists per game and 1.3 steals a game but similar to Sessions he shot a horrendous 28% from 3. A point guard for these blazers must be able to shoot the long ball, maybe that is why portland is so intrigued with Stephen Curry.
Lastly in my mind at this point Ron Artest is an option that the blazers should take a second look at. With LaFrentz gone as well as his 11 million dollar salary off the books Portland could throw 7-9 million dollars at him while right now he makes 7.4 milloin i could see the blazers potentially pushing hard for him. I like Nicolas Batum but he is not strong enough to hold the likes of kobe or LeBron. Artest is strong and physical and gets in the opposing players head, he plays tenatious D at times and is a good 3 point shooter. He realized his role in Houstona and played it to perfection and he would probably do the same in Portland. considering his man crush on Brandon roy i think portland would be a fit. The only problem is how hard will houston push for him, because without him they will not be the contender they were this year.
Its going to be some off season here the one that maybe is just important as next off season, while some teams may pick up key role players this off season to go along with the levy of super stars next off season.