A contract extension looming on our oft-injured 7 footer. I have read muitliple times "we need Oden for Aldridge to be effective/us to win a championship with Aldridge at PF"... Can we rely on him? In my opinion it would be most shrewd of the Blazers to prepare
our team this offseason as if Oden will contribute nothing. Aldridge/Camby our two starting big men but behind them we got real problems.
Lets start with LA - Screams from our fanbase of "soft" or "finesse" all year long when we didn't have a single center and Aldridge could still not average 10 boards. We can't expect LA's game to change at this point in his career. He is what he is. So if we continue with him as our hopeful starting championship PF, we need someone with a complete opposite game as his backup - NOT Cunningham or Howard - although I like both of them. Ideally someone who can play center. Someone who relys on hustle & team work, I look to Ronny Turiaf. Would be a great addition for post defense. Ben Wallace is somehow still dominant, would love to see him pulling down boards for us. Birdman - if he didn't have drug issues & whatnot.
Camby - Staying on the idea that we are going to count anything Oden gives us as "gravy", Camby is getting up there. We should look for a raw center for which he could mentor. The Bobcats have a player in Alexis Ajinca who barely sees the floor, 7"1' tall, lanky build like Camby. There is also Ian Mahinmi of the Spurs.
What do you think?