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Stuck-at-Home Thread: Hired Gun Edition

After a recent conversation about Nick Van Exel, we debate other Blazers who were considered ‘hired guns’.

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Whelp. States are extending their stay-at-home orders through the month of April and beyond, as expected. Washington and Oregon have both closed schools for the year. So, settle in.

Today’s Topic: Who was a ‘hired gun’ for the Blazers?

When Dave recently posted Nick Van Exel in his Top 100, it led to a few conversations about players who are considered “hired guns” in Portland Trail Blazers history. So let’s dive in?

  1. How do you define a ‘hired gun’?
  2. Can a “hired gun” be acquired via trade? Do they need to sign in free agency?
  3. Do you feel they fall under the “Once a Blazer, Always a Blazer” policy?
  4. Who have you considered “hired guns” in Portland’s long and storied history?


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