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Portland Trail Blazers Christmas Wishes, Part 6

Everybody loves a wise, old veteran. Yet Portland has lacked one for years.

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As the Portland Trail Blazers head to Utah to face the Jazz on Christmas Day, the Blazer’s Edge Staff is compiling a list of Christmas wishes for the team. We asked each staffer to give one, simple wish to improve Portland’s lot. We’ll present them to you throughout the holiday.

Next up: Isaiah de los Santos.

For my Christmas wish I’m asking for the Portland Trail Blazers to bring in a veteran to occupy the bench and provide a steady presence in the locker room. It’s not that I doubt the leadership of Damian Lillard, or the experience of players like Evan Turner or Al-Farouq Aminu, I just believe in the impact a 10-year-plus player can bring on and off the court.

Recent veteran roles on the Blazers have ranged from pure mentors like Earl Watson to actual role players like Dorell Wright. Maybe a mid-season trade opens up a roster spot for a team already at 15 players.