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Chad Ford: Blazers Get C- For Summer

ESPN's Chad Ford has handed out grades for this summer and the Portland Trail Blazers finished 13th out of 15th in the Western Conference with a C-. The only teams Portland beat out were Phoenix and Denver. Ford writes... ------------------------- After three years of prosperity and calm, the Blazers reverted back to their dysfunctional ways -- firing successful GM Kevin Pritchard just an hour before the NBA draft. Pritchard stayed on to conduct the draft, but the damage was done. Pritchard has a great eye for talent and was popular with the media, and owner Paul Allen came out of the situation looking out of touch and ready to destroy all the ground the Blazers have made up over the past several years. The Blazers made their only significant move of the summer without a GM. They signed Matthews, an undrafted rookie last year, to a whopping five-year, $32 million deal. He was a great steal on a minimum contract, but the cost here was well above market value. ------------------------- Ford also praises the hire of Rich Cho and expects Cho to "inject some discipline into the system". -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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