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Martell - stay or go?




Is it just me, or does this guy constantly get the short end of the stick?

I realize that Martell Webster isn't the most consistent Blazer we've ever seen, but I think he's proven himself worthy of more minutes than he is currently getting.  Part of me wants to believe we are currently showcasing Rudy so we can build his trade value back up, but I dont know if this is the case.  While Brandon Roy was injured, Martell stepped his game up big time.  He showed he can produce when given the appropriate playing time.  He has also proven to be a very solid defender, much better (IMHO) than Fernandez will ever be. 

I'm in no way a Batum hater, in fact I truly believe he will become our 2nd option behind Brandon in the not-so-distant future, so I understand the need to incorporate Nic more and more into the offense and give him the bulk of the SF minutes.  But that leaves a fair amount of backup SF/SG minutes that are currently being swallowed almost whole by Rudy.

Martell seems like a really great kid, he's been in our system the longest out of all of our players and has never once complained about his playing time.  He has a very reasonable contract and has grown leaps and bounds from the 18 year old kid he once was.  People seem to forget he missed all of last year (sans 4 minutes against Toronto..) with a foot injury so he is still probably working off some rust after missing an entire season.  I would hate to see us part ways with him at this point because I feel like he still has a tremendous upside. 

Am I the only one here that thinks we should deal Rudy - someone who has been very vocal about his desire to be in a starting rotation - and keep Martell?  Enlighten me...

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