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Dwyer: Paul Allen's Future With Blazers Is "Tough Call" For Fans

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Writing in response to a report Thursday morning that owner Paul Allen was listening to offers for the Portland Trail Blazers (a report Allen later denied), Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports wonders how fans would react to a change in ownership... -------------------------------------- The Trail Blazers' current status as NBA also-rans isn't fully, or even mostly, the fault of Allen. Losing two significant lottery selections, potential one-day All-NBA types, in Oden and Roy is an absolute killer for any franchise. Especially when the franchise passed on another All-NBA type in 2005 in the form of Chris Paul. On top of that, group that is running the team right now did well to fleece the New Jersey Nets out of a likely lottery pick in this year's draft (or, at the very least, dumping Gerald Wallace's contract along the way), and taking a chance on Canales as they rebuild. It's still a worrying scene, though, as Allen's time with the Blazers seems more and more unhinged every season. And even if Allen is going to hang onto his Blazers, wasn't this release from Jaynes a bit of a highlight in the midst of a dreary season? Or do you want Allen, for all his potential, to stick around? Tough call, Portland. -------------------------------------- Thoughts? -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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