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Danny Marang reboots the Blazer’s Edge Podcast to discuss the uphill climb that the Trail Blazers face in the Western Conference.

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The Blazer’s Edge podcast returns after a long hiatus to answer a series of pressing Mailbag questions. On the pod, Danny Marang hits on where he’s been, other announcements, addresses the “trade CJ McCollum” article before diving into offseason questions as the Trail Blazers look to gear up for what might be a quick turnaround from the 2020 NBA season.

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Intro

Opening comments

We’re back!

Mailbag Questions!

Nason @TheNason

How bad would CJ have to get before Blazer fans would stop overvaluing him and be ok with trading him? 3:00

Rolling it back to 2015 and thoughts on CJ’s break out series vs the Memphis Grizzlies

At the point where you can’t get better value for McCollum? 6:00

Thought process behind making a trade 9:00

Assembling enough star power or building through depth? 12:00

Neil Olshey hasn’t traded a rotation player w/more than a year left in his tenure 16:00

Lando @lando_commandoh

Which former blazer would you bring back on the cheap: Plumlee, ET, Pat, Mo, or Meyers. 18:00

king donut@jellydonut52

Do you think Nassir Little will develop into a player who can contribute at a high level? What is his ceiling/potential? 19:00

Lando @lando_commandoh

Which SF/wing in the draft do you like best: Vassell, Williams, or Bey? 22:00

Josh Sargent @itinerantusa

Expectations for Ant for this year? Who’s your favorite backup PG target if the Blazers decide to get a vet? 24:00

But still my main question remains what is going on with Collins and will he be ready if the season starts in January? 26:00

Kyle Nishida @Kyle_Nishida

Portland has pick No. 16. Theoretically (b/c Neil is married to draft picks), what trade value does that pick have? 28:00

Cement Halo @DitchCathedral

Which players do you think are most likely to be traded or released before the season starts? What do you see as the most likely starting lineup? If they can stay healthy this year, where do you see the Blazers at in terms of playoff seeding/success? Thanks! 29:00

How ridiculous does the West look next season? Arrival of Jamal Murray, Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell on top of Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, oh and Lebron James – and the return of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors 31:00

@EvenOddsPodcast @EvenOddsPodcast

Make it a Gordon Hayward pod you coward. 34:30

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