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Is a major offseason move really necessary?

I wrote in another FanPost about the "Maverick mentality" - the (what I would label as) impatience of Mark Cuban and the Dallas front office that results in them making moves every summer and February to try and improve their team.  Where has that mentality gotten them?  Has the annual tinkering brought the team any titles?

I've read a lot of comments over the last few days in various threads here at BlazersEdge with a similar mentality.  "We didn't win the title therefore at least one major player transaction must take place this summer".  And although I am open to a major trade/FA signing, I by no means am convinced that such a transaction must take place.

After all, which teams improved the most this season?  Oklahoma City had 27 more wins in 2009-10 than they did in 2008-09, Memphis had 16 more wins, Milwaukee had 12 more wins and the Clippers had 10 more wins.  Did those teams make huge off-season acquistions?  Memphis did by getting Randolph.  For the others, perhaps did not making a deal give their young players (and new draft picks) the opportunity to build chemistry?

Detroit made a big splash in free agency last summer, and 'splash' is a good term for how their season turned out.  Hey, Toronto, how'd that Turkoglu acquistion work out?  Even Portland was victim to a dropoff in wins - yes, because of injuries but IMO also because of trying to fold new players like Miller into the mix.

This is not to say that a move by the organization would not be a good thing - it might very well be.  But the Blazers already made a huge move in getting Camby - might that be enough? 

I guess in the midst of all of the trade proposals on the board (BTW, what about bringing back the daily trade proposal thread?) and all the ideas about which free agents to sign, I wanted to start a dialogue regarding the philosophy of making a major move versus essentially standing pat with the players already on the roster.  And honestly, unless an amazing opportunity arises (ie, the opportunity to get a Bosh), at this point I'd rather see the team go into the Fall with the current pieces and see if this roster, healthy again, can win games.

I just know that I don't want to fall victim to the "Maverick mentality" and I don't want the Blazer front office to, either.  It's like the principle from Moneyball:

The day you say you have to do something, you're screwed.  Because you are going to make a bad deal.

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