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Will Conroy, former University of Washington point guard, is one of the potential names out there to fill the Blazers' 15th spot.  

Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside sits down for a great chat with Conroy.  Here's an excerpt...

RU: Currently there are rumors that the Portland Trailblazers are looking for a backup point guard to help out their possible playoff push. Can you tell me if you or your agents have had any contact with the Blazers? 

WC: Yes, I've heard my named linked to a couple Blazer conversations, but you know how that goes - Until it happens it's just speculation. It does feel good whenever you hear things like "your name is one of a handful of guys on a shortlist for an nba organization," especially in the Northwest because I was born in Portland, Oregon and lived there until I was 8 and I have a lot family there.

RU: What do you feel you could bring to a team like the Blazers?

WC: I think I could bring some solid back up minutes to Andre Miller and Jerryd Bayless.  I'd also be able to give Bayless a chance to play off the ball where he seems real effective. I'm a basketball junkie, I watch like every team play on league pass, so I'm pretty familiar with the Blazers.

Also, Brandon Roy and I are still close and we text before and after every game. We've played a lot together, both in high school and at Washington together and I'm sure that would help the transition for me to learn the system very quickly.

Update (9:56AM): According to Marc Stein, it sounds like another name that the Blazers had been linked to, Dwayne Jones, might be headed elsewhere. Jones worked out for the Blazers earlier this season but the team opted instead for Shavlik Randolph.

Just filed to ESPNDallas.com: Mavs bringing in D-League rebounding machine Dwayne Jones in for audition later Tuesday and likely 10-day deal

Update (7:01PM): Stein now reports that Jones's workout for the Mavericks ended the same way his workout for the Blazers did: without a contract offer.

Mavs decide against signing Austin Toros C Dwayne Jones as fill-in for injured Dampier  

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