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Dalembert Is Still The Answer....Kind Of...

First of all, it's literally been DAAAAAYS since I've read a speculative post about a move the Blazers should make this off-season. You'd think we had a full roster or something....anyways...an Insider article I just got done reading has me back in the GM mindset for the afternoon, so I thought I'd share my thoughts!

This ex-Phoenix front office guy, Amin Elhassan, believes that Dalembert is only worth a veteran minimum, $1.4M contract! That, and the $1.4M would only show up as $884K on the books. I believe that we have 15 players ready to go, but I'm sure we can ship someone off in a trade or cut someone who isn't on a guaranteed contract to bring this guy in for the veteran minimum exception. This is what Elhassan had to say about Dalembert:

Dalembert's stats would have you believe he should be higher on this list (and maybe perhaps on the Big Board); he's an excellent rebounder on both ends, finishes around the rim with great efficiency and is a solid defensive presence as a shot-blocker. What stands in Dalembert's way is his reputation for having an inflated self-appraisal of his game and bouts of inconsistent effort on the floor. Still, at the veteran's minimum for one year ($1.4 million), he might be well worth the headache, especially considering he'd only appear as $884,000 on the cap and the league would reimburse the difference between the cap number and the actual salary.

IMEO (In my egotistical opinion), Dalembert can still play and could start in this league. If he's willing to begin in the starting role (at 20 mins per game, perhaps) and then take the role of a mentor and move to the bench as either Lopez or Leonard step up as a viable starter, I say we sign him. A 15-man roster like this would be solid:

Lillard / CJ / Watson

Matthews / Barton / Crabbe

Batum / Wright / Claver

Aldridge / Robinson / Freeland

Dalembert / Lopez / Leonard

Put Freeland and Crabbe in the DLeague and Watson on the IR, and we're looking at a 12 man depth chart of:

Lillard / CJ

Matthews / Barton

Batum / Wright / Claver

Aldridge / T Rob

Dalembert / Lopez / Leonard

Yes please!

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