This is the second time in three years I have been able to make it to the Las Vegas Summer League. I've always seen the VIP's in the stands and walking between the Cox Pavillion and T & M center. Sunday night before the blazers summer league game I saw Coach Nate on the stands (near the front) talking on the phone. No games were going and no one was around him...
... So I sat a couple rows behind him and wasn't really able to hear his conversation but I did make out a clear and definite statement. I hadn't heard any recent blazer buzz so I didn't know what it meant right away but i've been thinking about it ever since. I heard coach nate say,
"So if they don't match we have a green light on TP"
After hearing the recent rumbling I have to assume he was talking about the Jazz not matching the offer sheet on Wesley Mathews and that opening the possiblity of a trade??
Who is TP?
I believe it is tony parker. The following is total speculation but,
If we had a deal in place that sent out the likes of Miller, Bayless and Rudy wouldn't we need a back up 2 and a starting and backup 1? Well Tony Parker could be the starting one and I believe we are trying out a backup one either Patty mills or Armon Johnson or both. Mathews would be a backup 2/3.
Parker would be an UFA after this season and the spurs would prob not resign him with a big contract deserved and an up and coming George Hill. So why not turn him into a veteran PG and young combo guard and a shooter?
Whatever he meant I just know i am enjoying the heck out of summer league. For 25 bucks you get all the basket ball you can handle. The cheapest entertainment in Vegas in my opinion. The Beer is still a bit steep but what the heck?
Is coach kanales really good or is our team just that good. We looked twice as good as any other team i've seen. Better team defense and better sets. GO Blazers!
PS Patty Mills is super quick! Watching him warm up and DAMN! He is quick with that ball. I saw him make 7 straight threes too (some from well behind the line). I think Patty would be an excellent backup pg although if we did get parker, armon johnson would be a better change of pace.