I keep hearing that we can't make a trade because we would be giving up players who are... just too good.
Who are these players?
The only players I see that are worth keeping are roy, lma, oden and batum. Other than that i say lets make a deal to get some real talent. Rudy's shot looks like the WNBA is calling (seriously he shoots it from his shoulder and needs about 4-5 feet of room to get it off) Bayless can drive but is inconsistent and has arms as long as an elemantary school ruler. I look at role players on other teams... Shannon Brown is better than rudy and probably won't make a fool of himself at the dunk contest. I would rather have kyle lowry than bayless. This just names a couple of guys that you wouldn't think of as big time trade bait and yet they are better than our scrubs.
Now lets look at our expiring contracts... outlaw and blake. If you can move either for anything you better! Neither of these two will be with the team next year so any value we can get in return is something for nothing since this year is for not.
Two young teams... OKC and Memphis both have a more promising future than we do. They both have better players and better young players. It's time for the blazers to get rid of some of their over rated garbage ( rudy, bayless, webster, pendegraph) and bring in some real players.