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PATTY MILLS RELASED FROM CBA! Where to next?

Patty Mills has finally been released from his CBA contract after being released by the Xinjiang Flying Tigers for 'supposedly' faking an injury. He is hopeful to get back in the NBA, with teams such as the Lakers possibly interested in him. Seeing as Portland still owns his rights, do we keep him or trade him? His speed and shooting could prove valuable to any team. What do you all think?

Broussard: Blazers "Once Again Willing" To Trade F Gerald Wallace

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (Insider) reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are open to moving Gerald Wallace and could play facilitator in a bigger deal that involves Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.... ---------------------- "Orlando is underwhelmed by the Nets' personnel and would want a third or fourth team involved in any trade. It's possible the clubs could revisit the three-team trade they nearly pulled off in December since Portland is now, according to sources, once again willing to part with Gerald Wallace. Back in December, talks between the three teams had Wallace joining Lopez in Orlando. While the Nets would be amenable to such a deal, they don't currently have any three-team packages on the table because of the uncertainty over whether the Magic will trade Howard, sources said. It's difficult to arrange such complicated trade scenarios when you're not sure the main team in the deal will play ball." ... [Raymond] Felton, who is having the worst season of his career, had spoken with coach Nate McMillan about coming off the bench to jump start his game, but only temporarily. If the lineup change persists, Felton will be even more uncomfortable and unhappy than he is already. Felton is in the last year of his contract and making $7.5 million. The question interested teams have to ask themselves is how much are you willing to give up for a potential rental. The Lakers would have interest, but what are they going to give up? Fear of the luxury tax penalty would likely keep them from using their trade exception on Felton. ---------------------- text edited, bumped to front page

Here is Part Two of my Portland Trail Blazers video, please take a look at it and also leave...

Here is Part Two of my Portland Trail Blazers video, please take a look at it and also leave feedback... Thanks and enjoy!!!

Stein: Blazers "Trying Hard" To Trade For Suns G Steve Nash

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are "trying hard" to trade for Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Steve Nash and have been pursuing him "for a while." ------------------------- Said another: "Because of his age and because he can leave in the summer, offers for Nash haven't been as star-laden as you'd think." Yet even if the Blazers were willing to include the widely coveted Nicolas Batum in a package for Nash -- which is a matter of debate depending on who's doing the gossiping -- sources say Phoenix continues to put out the message that it won't deal Nash unless Nash asks to be traded. Which is something Nash has consistently said he won't do. ------------------------- Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports... ------------------------- Steve Nash on Portland rumors: "Portland’s great. They’ve got a great team, great fans and a great organization. It’s a terrific situation." ------------------------- Similar rumors have persisted for weeks months years. The trade deadline is March 15. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Phan: Blazers F Nicolas Batum Starting To Put It Together

Justin Phan of Yahoo! Sports, a very talented NBA fantasy writer, writes that Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum was starting to put it together prior to the All-Star break. ------------------------ You know how the Blazers front office had consistently said Batum was more or less off limits in trade discussions? This is exactly why. What he's managed to do this month and in his six games as a starter is 100 percent legitimate, and not just a byproduct of a few fluky, short-term statistical blips. It's a result of an extremely talented and gifted player finally living up to his potential and playing to his full capability. It's him finally getting past those sporadic moments of genius and stringing them all together on a consistent basis. ------------------------ That quote is part of an extended back-and-forth discussion of a number of players. There are some more thoughts on Batum if you hit the link. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Sams: An Analysis Of Former Blazers G Brandon Roy's Clutch Shooting

Jordan Sams of LibertyBallers.com has a very nice statistical analysis of clutch shooting in the NBA since 2000. Former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy finds his way into the more modern portion of the study (2006-2007 to present). Roy had the second highest field goal percentage in the qualified group, behind only Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James. In a later portion of the study, looking at shots taken in the final 24 seconds of a game since 2006, Roy was tops in field goal percentage among all qualified players, at 42 percent. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

This Is What A Dunk Contest Winner Should Look Like.

This Is What A Dunk Contest Winner Should Look Like.

espn otl: stem cell debate

Saw this on espn a couple months ago. Sounds like what Roy is looking into

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

LaMarcus, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. [with apology to Casablanca] Get it done Paul Allen ...

Players eligible to be traded March 1

"ATLANTA Jason Collins, Willie Green, Ivan Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Jannero Pargo, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jerry Stackhouse BOSTON Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, Mickael Pietrus, Greg Stiemsma, Chris Wilcox CHARLOTTE Derrick Brown, Cory Higgins, Reggie Williams CHICAGO Rip Hamilton, Brian Scalabrine CLEVELAND Anthony Parker DALLAS Brian Cardinal, Vince Carter, Delonte West, Sean Williams, Brandan Wright DENVER Nene, Julyan Stone DETROIT Tayshaun Prince, Damien Wilkins GOLDEN STATE Kwame Brown, Dominic McGuire, Chris Wright HOUSTON Samuel Dalembert INDIANA Jeff Foster, Jeff Pendergraph, David West L.A. CLIPPERS Caron Butler, Reggie Evans L.A. LAKERS Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy MEMPHIS Dante Cunningham, Hamed Haddadi, Jeremy Pargo MIAMI Shane Battier, Eddy Curry, Terrel Harris, Josh Howard, James Jones MILWAUKEE Mike Dunleavy MINNESOTA J.J. Barea NEW JERSEY Kris Humphries, DeShawn Stevenson, Shawne Williams, Shelden Williams NEW ORLEANS Gustavo Ayon, Marco Belinelli, Carl Landry, Jason Smith NEW YORK Mike Bibby, Tyson Chandler, Baron Davis, Jared Jeffries, Steve Novak OKLAHOMA CITY Daequan Cook ORLANDO Earl Clark, Glen Davis, Jason Richardson, Von Wafer PHILADELPHIA Tony Battie, Spencer Hawes PHOENIX Shannon Brown, Grant Hill, Ronnie Price, Michael Redd, Sebastian Telfair PORTLAND Jamal Crawford, Greg Oden, Craig Smith, Kurt Thomas SACRAMENTO Chuck Hayes, Marcus Thornton SAN ANTONIO T.J. Ford TORONTO Rasual Butler, Anthony Carter, Gary Forbes, Aaron Gray, Jamaal Magloire UTAH Josh Howard, Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson WASHINGTON Maurice Evans, Roger Mason, Nick Young PS -- There are also a few restricted free agents who either re-signed with their old teams or saw offer sheets matched since the lockout was lifted that can't be traded until after March 1 because of various restrictions, which apply when the salary in the first year of the new contract is greater than 120 percent of the player's salary in the final season of his previous contract ... and when the player's team is over the salary cap. Under the league's new labor pact these players can't be traded for three months from their signing date or January 15, whichever falls later. Here are some notable names who, because of this rule, are trade-eligible for only a small window in March: DETROIT Jonas Jerebko (tradeable between March 10-15) L.A. CLIPPERS DeAndre Jordan (tradeable March 13-15) MEMPHIS Marc Gasol (tradeable March 13-15) MIAMI Mario Chalmers (tradeable March 10-15) MILWAUKEE Luc Mbah a Moute (tradeable March 11-15) PHILADELPHIA Thaddeus Young (tradeable March 10-15)" -February 10th Weekend Dime bottom of Article

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