Ara Vartanian Millsaps' agent. Working for his clients best interest, or hinting at trouble. I leave it to you.
I read these quotes a few days apart, and in combination they are bothering me. Here they are. The first from Jason Quicks article "Millsap is "missing piece" for Trail Blazers:
"Vartanian insists that Millsap will be whatever Blazers coach Nate McMillan wants him to be. He said Millsap and McMillan have already engaged in lengthy conversations about his role. The two have exchanged cell phone numbers and will become more closely acquainted next week when Millsap takes part in Team USA practices in Las Vegas.
"They discussed at length at how to use Paul,'' Vartanian said. "I think they already have a good relationship.''
Millsap plays the same position as a rising star on the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge, and has assured the team that he is on board with coming off the bench. Last season, he averaged 30.1 minutes a game- July-11th"
So on July 11th according to Vartanian Millsap will be whatever Blazers coach Nate McMillan wants him to be, and he is on board with coming off the bench.
Sounds Great huh? Team Guy, do whatever it takes. Willing to be a bench player...Hakuna Matata!
But wait....2 days later in Oregon Lives Millsap Roundup:
But Millsap's agent, Ara Vartanian, says Millsap will be much more than a backup if ends up in Portland:
"From what they tell us, Paul is potentially a starter on this team," Vartanian said. "They're looking to go small-ball, because they have such a young, athletic team."
Uh oh! What happened to he's on board with being a back up? And The Blazers are looking to go small ball? Huh? Tell that to LMA and Oden. Seems to me if major "small ball" was the Blazers plan we wouldn't of pursued Hedo Turkoglu, part of his appeal was his size, we would of had a very lengthy frontline.
I know it's early, I know by tomorrow this post might be a moot point. But anyone nervous about the duality of this message and the change in just two days? Plus should this agent be talking for anyone within The Blazers organization? I don't think so. Vaguely proclaiming that Millsap might be a starter. Sorry agent man, but let's leave that to McMillan. Don't go throwing statements like that out. A statement like that could upset a Aldridge or an Outlaw, especially Aldridge who I'm sure has 100% lock on starting PF.
Alright I'll relax. We may never get to the point where Millsap and all this even matters. But I just thought the change and the quotes by Millsaps agent very interesting and something that has mostly gone unnoticed.