When the Blazers acquired Buck Williams, he was that one final piece that helped put us over the top. While Robin Lopez has completely been the true Center we have lacked, I feel we are still a veteran bench Player away from pushing ourselves into solid contention.
For the first time since in a very long time, we are solid at the PG position.
Shooting guard is set finally with CJ McCollum making his debut soon.
Small forward position is set with Dorrell Wright as the back up.
Power Forward and Center are my concerns.
With a flat Thomas Robinson and sophomore Meyers Leonard, we are weak here. Albeit we have Joel Freeland, I still feel our front court needs a seasoned veteran. Another defensive presence with rebounding and shot blocking capabilities would be ideal.
As I have read what is available and not available, I would like to see the Blazers make a trade for Chris Andersen. He would come on the cheap, even with his upcoming 2015 Bird rights. And even at 35, he is one scrappy Player. He is a defensive presence.
Now, at what cost?
With a third title in reach, would Miami allow this? If they did, what would they require? As his contract is only $1.4 mil for this year, on the first of a two year contract, he is on the cheap for them. But will they want to pay him his Bird rights, which is triple that, the year after, on surely his final NBA contract, which I am quite certain he will warrant, even at 36, at that time.
I think he is a catalyst. And amusing to watch. Let that Bird fly in Rip City! (And not the middle finger kind)
What say you?
Attached is a link to an interesting article on Hoopsworld, about Player availability, before the Trade deadline: