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Step into the mind of Neil Olshey



The more I look at, listen to and think of the many different ways us Blazer fans have attempted to come up with a way for our team to make it out of the slums and into contention, the more i don't see it... At least not in this off season alone. I keep trying to think WWND, as in "What Will Neal Do". The man is being paid to do this, to mold this team into a respectable contender and to do it quickly, but how?

What we know right now is he has Aldridge as a pillar and Batum and Wes as quality players, he got very lucky with Dame last draft and Leonard's value is still TBD, plus the #10 pick, $13mill (ish) in cap and the rest is scraps. That's it, those are the cards in his poker hand, he's got "Two Pair" (and not even a good two pair, its like King's and 7's) and Neil is trying to draw a few cards to turn "Two Pair" into a "Full House". He has to find a way to turn our 5th card into another "King" and maybe our 7's into "Jacks" (I still think Batum has the potential to be a "Jack" btw).....

What im getting at, I guess, is that with the ideas of going after players like Gortat, Tyreke, Pekovick, Splitter, Reddick, Mayo, O'neal, Brewer or in the draft Gortat, McCollum, Dieng, Adams, Shabazz that have been thrown out there as solutions, I don't see the Blazer's "Full House".... So this leads me to my question WWND, What Will Neil Do! What does our fearless leader have in mind, what is his master plan? Is its some combination of the players we have all mentioned? is it acquisition, acquisition, acquisition and then turn those pieces into something worth trading in 2014? Or is it something we cant see, something we cant fathom, a trade that we wouldn't believe possible until we saw the player we got in return actually in a Blazer's uniform??

So what im asking is for you to put on your Neil Olshey big boy pants and suspenders, slick back your luscious Olshey hair, find your inner Neil salesman and hit us with your 'WWND mind blowing I cant believe that was his plan" plan! Maybe you have a new/better combination of the players that have been floated around in the past. Maybe you have a trade that could land us enough picks to grab Oladipo at #5, Dieng at #17 and someone like Giannis Adetokunbo (freak prospect if u havent looked) at #28 all at once without loosing 3 of our 4 best players! Or maybe you can find something just crazy enough that it could happen. Bottom line, find that poker hand that's a "full house"! Make it work financially (or roughly work if you don't know the exact cap numbers) and if you have a plan that spans over two seasons make sure you break it down season by season....

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