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ESPN: Blazers Rank No. 13 In "Future Power Rankings"

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Chad Ford and John Hollinger rank the Portland Trail Blazers No. 13 in the latest rendition of ESPN.com's "Future Power Rankings," a look at which NBA teams have the brightest futures. ------------------------------------- The future looks hazy. Not bad, necessarily, but hazy. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wes Matthews are the only core players certain to be on the team next season; all the rest are likely to be free agents. The team has kept the general manager position open as well, with owner Paul Allen apparently relying on his Seattle friends to whisper things in his ear. All this could be a tremendous opportunity to rebuild the roster around Aldridge and make another charge for the top of the West; the Blazers could also bring everyone back, as the current team isn't chopped liver, either. The good news is that Allen remains willing to spend for a winner, that the Blazers potentially have cap space to chase a star and that Aldridge is a fantastic centerpiece. Instead, the familiar story is their struggle to get from here to the league's upper crust. ------------------------------------- The top-5: Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers. The Blazers were ranked No. 10 in March 2011, No. 5 in March 2010 and No. 1 in November 2009. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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