Free Agency: Potential Big Men Targets for Portland

It has become obvious to anyone who follows the Blazers closely that we must look to add a big man or two this off-season (whenever that is). We don't have the money to get a big-time player, but another rotation player with size is necessary.

Following is an extensive list and short analysis of free agent big men Portland may set their sites on. They are divided in to five separate groups, mostly based on the money they are likely to command. Nene, Duncan, Gasol, and other highly expensive players are not included.


Unlikely Targets:

These guys will probably get the full mid-level or more. We may pursue them but they are likely to sign elsewhere.

Samuel Dalembert

Carl Landry

Glen Davis

Kris Humphries

Dalembert will probably either get a big contract from a bad team like Sacramento, or sign the mid-level in Miami. I would love to have him here if we could find a way. Landry will probably re-sign in New Orleans if West leaves, otherwise he will have a lot of mid-level exceptions to choose from.

We briefly talked to Davis a few years back, but he will probably want a fat paycheck and a bigger role if he leaves Boston. I doubt Humphries and his celebrity girl want to come to Portland, besides I'd like to see him play well outside of a contract year first.

Role-Playing Vets

These guys will go for the bi-annual exception or some portion of the mid-level and provide some minutes off the bench. I would think Portland will try to land one of these nine guys.

Kenyon Martin

Injury history and attitude may deter Portland, but his defense, toughness, and experience would really help the Blazers in the playoffs especially.

Reggie Evans

Rebounds like nobody's business but is undersized and has no offense. Played with Nate. I wouldn't want to get in a fight with him.

Chuck Hayes

Undersized but has good defense and underrated offense at the 4/5. Houston will try to bring him back.

Troy Murphy

Slow and bad defense but has size and can shoot and rebound.

Chris Wilcox

Shows flashes but has kinda fallen off the map playing for Detroit. Can play the 4 or 5 on both ends. Another former Nate player.

Aaron Gray

Your typical 10 mpg center off the bench, not a bad player. Had a good playoff game against the Lakers.

Craig Smith

Not very tall at 6'7 but has had breakfasts bigger than Chris Johnson. Provides energy and scoring off the bench.

Kwame Brown

His decent role-playing skills are overshadowed by his status as a major bust.

Kyrylo Fesenko

Seriously sucks but is really really (REALLY) big and pretty young. No more room for him in Utah.


Returning Heroes:

There has been a lot of talk here about bringing one of these guys back (especially the first two). Might be a good move.

Jeff Pendergraph

Many would like to bring him and his energy back. Even when he is not playing we may need him cheering from the bench if Patty is not back.

Joel Przybilla

The biggest thing we lost in the Wallace trade was Przybilla's enforcer role. He would fight a bear if said bear messed with his teammates. And probably win too. I miss the Thrilla and hope he can make a full recovery and come to Portland again.

Juwan Howard

We'll see if Miami brings him back. Showed he still has a little left in the tank.

Josh McRoberts

Has been solid for the Pacers. Restricted so it may be tough to bring him back but would be nice off the bench. Pacers may be chasing West or Landry.

Dante Cunningham

Had to put him in here but not sure that Charlotte is going to let him get away easily.


Young Prospects

These guys are pretty young and unproven, probably not what Portland is looking for. But the price may not be high and the payoff could be nice.

Yi Jianlin

Brandan Wright

Jason Smith

Jonas Jerebko

Hamed Haddadi

Yi and Wright have fallen well short of their expectations coming in to the league. Both have size and skill though and just need to use them better.

Smith had some injury detours but came back and had a very solid season for NOH last year. Jerebko missed the whole year after a promising rookie season. The Hornets and Pistons probably won't let these two go. Haddadi hasn't played a lot but once he learns the game a little better could play decent backup minutes.

Minimum Scale

Those of these guys who don't re-sign will probably just be looking for a minimum deal, preferably on a playoff team.

Jeff Foster
Kurt Thomas
Erick Dampier
Leon Powe
Shelden Williams
Jared Jeffries
Solomon Jones
Tony Battie
Francisco Elson

All of these guys are veterans who can actually play a role off the bench, mostly defensive. One of them would be a good addition, especially to fill the last roster spot.

The rest are guys who would probably have to fight for spot minutes.

Josh Powell
Darius Songaila
DJ Mbenga
Joe Smith
Brian Cardinal
Melvin Ely
Hilton Armstrong
Etan Thomas
Jamaal Magloire
Jason and Jarron Collins
Dan Gadzuric
Alex Ajinca

What do you guys think? Which one or two guys would you like to see realistically come in to add depth up front?

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