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2 ESPN Suggested Portland-Phoenix Trades

"Foster: Steve Nash to the Trail Blazers for Raymond Felton and Nicolas Batum. This would be smart regardless of what direction Phoenix wants to go. Batum is a rising star who just needs more minutes, and Felton requires an up-tempo setting to be successful. For Portland, Nash and LaMarcus Aldridge's pick-and-pop game would transform it into a serious contender. Koremenos: Steve Nash to the Trail Blazers for Raymond Felton, Elliot Williams and Portland's 2012 second-round pick. The Suns ideally should look to get something for Nash, as it is unlikely he will decide to spend his remaining years under Robert Sarver's reign of cheapness. This trade nabs them two young assets, along with another expiring contract. It's not splashy or sexy, but it's a logical move to start stockpiling assets and young players on a roster that has too many middling, overpaid veterans."

LaMar Odom sent to D-League

What a disrespect to the most versatile player in the NBA. Trade for him & Beaubois.

Blazers Should Trade Felton/Wallace To Raptors For Calderon/Kleiza?

Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus writes on ESPN.com that the Portland Trail Blazers should consider trading forward Gerald Wallace and point guard Raymond Felton to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Jose Calderon and forward Linas Kleiza if they can't make a deal for Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash. ---------------------------- That could leave Toronto's Jose Calderon as Portland's best option. He's not a big-time scorer, but knocks down a high percentage of his looks and is one of the best passers in the league. His decision-making would be a key for the Blazers when things get tight. You could send Felton and Wallace to Toronto for Calderon and Linas Kleiza. Portland gets its new point guard, one who would allow Crawford to play off the ball down the stretch and might also boost the game of struggling Wesley Matthews. Batum steps into a 35-minute role as Portland's full-time 3 and inherits Wallace's job as the go-to perimeter stopper. Kleiza is a versatile bench scorer, better suited to that role than either Batum or Wallace, and is one of the league's top-25 per-minute scorers this season in clutch situations. Toronto would get the 3 it lacks and the defensive ace that Dwane Casey surely covets in Wallace. They also get a replacement for Calderon in Felton. Someone has to run the team for the rest of the season. If it works out, they can re-sign Felton this summer, and he's young enough still to be considered a point guard of the future. If things don't go well, cap space is always nice. ---------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Daryl Morey Talks Player Development

"We actually don't know who's going to pan out. We do know how to shift our odds and bring in a lot of high potential prospects, and we bring them in continually Sometimes they pan out (Chandler Parsons) and sometimes they hit bumps in the road, like we brought in Terrance Williams." ... "We don't know which of them are going to pan out, and we are going to waive some of them. But the answer is not to bring in castoffs from the Knicks... guys without upside. And it does put a lot of pressure on our coaching staff. Which is why, McHale, I'm so excited about the job he's done and working with him because I always tell him we're adding a degree of difficulty, if you have the end of the bench with a bunch of guys who know their roles it's going to be easier for the coach "But if you're trying to turn that corner into a Championship contender you gotta bring in young guys, and they're all gonna want to play, and it's going to put a lot of pressure on the coach. They're not going to know how to play defense right away and it adds a whole degree of difficulty to coaching that I don't think people appreciate." _______________________________ Get kids and play kids!

TNT broadcasters Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller called out Portland Trail Blazers guard Raymond...

TNT broadcasters Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller called out Portland Trail Blazers guard Raymond Felton's conditioning during Thursday night's loss to the Miami Heat. Harlan said that Felton looked "a little bit heavy and still probably trying to get in shape" when they saw him play a few weeks ago. Miller added: "He came into camp out of shape. A lot of players did because they didn't know when the lockout would be lifted. He's still working himself in... Once Felton gets into game shape, maybe this Blazers team can take off." Felton played just 16 minutes off the bench on Thursday night and has found his name in trade rumors this week. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Barkley: Michael Jordan Should Have Drafted Brandon Roy

Steve DelVecchio of LarryBrownSports.com has quotes from a recent ESPN Radio interview of TNT commentator Charles Barkley in which he says that he told Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan to draft former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy in the 2006 NBA Draft. ------------------------------- "I love Michael, but he just has not done a good job. Even though he is one of my great friends, I can’t get on here and tell you he’s done a great job. He has not done a great job, plain and simple." ... "I said ‘Michael, I think you should take Brandon Roy, and he said ‘We like Adam Morrison,’" Barkley said. "I said ‘Adam Morrison can’t play.’ I said ‘let me ask you a question, did you say Adam Morrison first and (the Bobcats front office staff) agreed with you or did they say Adam Morrison first?’ He said ‘What do you mean?’ I said ‘Michael, nobody wants to disagree with you. You are such a powerful personality nobody, especially your flunkies as I call them, the flunkies are never going to disagree with you.’ Adam Morrison is a nice kid. He can’t play in the NBA." ------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

2 Wacky MTV Hosts Interview Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge

I have no idea what this is but it's funny to watch Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge react. MTV.com has posted a video interview with Aldridge, conducted at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Sorry, the embed function isn't working. --------------------------- Hosts Eric and Jeff Rosenthal wrangled 6-foot-11 Portland Trailblazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the NBA's sixth leading scorer and one of the last bastions of hope for the hook shot. With their necks craned, the Rosenthals got the "dish" on which zone Aldridge finds most intimidating (hint: it's not the 2-3 zone, and might have to do with food if you trust our hint quotes). --------------------------- It's definitely different. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Update On Former Blazers G Patty Mills

Mike Tokito of The Oregonian provides the following update on former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills, who received a qualifying offer from the Blazers last summer before playing in China during the lockout, a move that necessitated clearance for him to make an NBA return. ----------------------- Last June, just before the lockout, the Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Mills, making him a restricted free agent. However, the deadline for another team to sign an offer sheet on Mills (or any other restricted free agent) was Thursday. Mills announced Wednesday that he got his clearance letter, leaving a day for teams to extend an offer sheet. None did. That makes Mills the Blazers' property for the rest of the season, so for him to sign with another team, they would have to renounce their rights to him. ----------------------- Mills writes the following on Twitter... ----------------------- Portland still retains my rights, therefore the only options are to sign me (but roster is full), release me and my rights or they could hold my rights for the remainder of the season without being on a roster. Either way, it's just another minor bump in the road on this long & busy freeway. I'm still grinding everyday & taking control of what I can. ----------------------- Here's what Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan will say about Mills: "All I can tell you is we retain his restricted rights and are currently at 15 contracts." Sounds like the waiting game will continue for the time being. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Haynes: Blazers F Gerald Wallace Responds To Trade Rumors

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace's response to recent trade rumors. ----------------------- "I want to finish my career in Portland," Wallace said. "This is where I want to be, but at the same time, I know this is a business." ... "No one likes to hear their name involved in trade rumors," Wallace said. "I've been down this road before, but I really don't worry about things that are out of my control." ----------------------- Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reported earlier this week that the Blazers were "willing" to move Wallace. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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