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Arnovitz: Blazers GM Neil Olshey Ready If Pacers Match Hibbert

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Kevin Arnovitiz of ESPN.com has a look at the Portland Trail Blazers and their "rebuilding" versus "retooling" conundrum and notes that GM Neil Olshey is ready should the Indiana Pacers decide to match Portland's 4-year, $58 million max offer sheet agreement with restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert. ------------------------------ For Portland, Hibbert was that guy, a 25-year-old All-Star caliber player, the ultimate retooler. Extending that max offer sheet was a no-brainer. Olshey appreciates that there’s a good chance the Pacers will match the offer. If and when Indiana does, Olshey has no problem shifting gears. He’s not going to overpay a low-caliber center on a long-term deal just for the sake of filling a hole. ... We know this about [interim coach Kaleb] Canales: If Portland opts to rebuild, he’s inexpensive at a moment when the franchise doesn’t expect to win more than 40 percent of its games. He’s certain to play Lillard, Leonard and Babbitt, who will need the royal jelly of playing time to flourish. If the brass concludes at a certain point that Canales isn’t the answer, they can always replace him at little cost. If the Trail Blazers feature a frontcourt of Hibbert, Aldridge and Batum, then Olshey can go kick the tires on some more seasoned coaches who have the experience to maximize the team’s potential at a time when the Trail Blazers want to win. ------------------------------ -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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