I came here to see if anyone had posted this, and with all the talk about whether a team will be willing to sign Collins after his announcement last week, I thought I'd test the BE waters on this.
Should Collins have trouble finding a roster spot, I feel like he would make sense for the Blazers on a short-term contract for a few reasons, beyond the gimmicky media attention it would mean.
First, he will be cheap. For one, he's a veteran who is passed his prime. For another, it is hard to know how much trouble he is going to have finding a team, and if, sadly, it proves to be a problem, he will be even cheaper.
Second, he is known for his defensive prowess, and therefore I feel like he'd make a great mentor for Meyers Leonard, who we all know has a long way to go defensively. Having a veteran who has proven ability to guard elite centers could be great for Meyers to learn from. Granted, Leonard will probably never be a great defensive center, but every little bit helps.
Third, he is seven feet tall, and a natural center, and him, LA, and Nic would make a nice front line, and Hickson could come off the bench again (though I know whether he will be back is a big question mark, and leaning towards a no). Interior D would no longer be such a liability.
Granted, Collins is not the player he was in his prime, and probably won't have huge minutes in him. But signing him at the veterans minimum could make sense as both a gesture declaring what the team and what Portland is about, and he fits some of the Trailblazers needs at a low cost, and he's going to play hard for whoever gives him a chance.
What do others think?