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Missing Persons: KP



Where are you KP?  I saw you at the Pilots game 2 weeks ago.  Guess what?  No Centers there.  Lets spend your time re-tooling the team.  The Blazers make a swing through Texas.  Without BRoy, the chances are strong that we will come back 11th in the West (at least in the loss column).  When you chose to let LaFrentz's contract expire, you PROMISED us that the space would put us in position to make a "lopsided" deal.  You have until the trade deadline to do that deal, whatever it is.

The worst part of where we are this season is that as constituted, we probably won't make the playoffs, or will do so as a 7-8 seed.  To make a trade, we will need to move at least Blake or Miller, but if we don't make a trade, Nate will play them, and we won't make the playoffs, AND we won't further develop Mills and Bayless.  Miller has played well (until the past 2 games vs. Paul and Williams), and Blake has been worse than last year, yet continued to get minutes.

My perfect world, at this point, is to do the Bosh for LA, Blake, Outlaw trade we have seen, and then trade Miller for a serviceable Center, such as Haywood or Jeff Foster.

Right now, The Blazers are a year behind in their publicly charted journey to title contender.  Lets at least make a move forward.  No one expects either Miller or Blake to be the starting 1 on a championship Blazer team.  Lets use the last 35 games to see if Bayless-Mills are pieces that can be that piece. 

Personally, I can't believe how good Batum has looked.  I couldn't watch 1st half of Jazz game, because of the crappy Comcast on Verizon FIOS reception, so I missed the 7-7 half, and I still thought he looked better than last year in the 2nd half.  Very confident.  With his level of defense on Williams, he has shown in just 2 games, that he can make Bayless and Rudy even more valuable.  Bayless has some holes, but he has really improved.  I think he should play even more.  Certainly he should never be sitting and watching Blake.  Blake at best should be the mop up guy with the other guards all ahead of him.

So KP if you opt to do nothing, then start scouting College Centers, because we will be upper lottery bound.  At least 1 year behind our "time-line" to be Title Contenders. 

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