Monday, February 20, 2006

Trade Deadline Week....and what could have been!

Some food for thought this week with the trade deadline looming......

1) The rumored deal with Denver is bogus. There is NOTHING to it.
2) If the Blazers do make a deal with the Knicks, it doesn't appear that it will be done today, which is contrary to various rumors going on right now. In other words, as of 2:00m PM, nothing is expected to be announced in the next few hours. But you never know......
3) The Blazers told me today that the Massachusetts authorities have actually closed the investigation. This is contrary to what was written in the paper today-just some miscommunication which led the paper to believe there could still be charges filed. The Blazers say that is NOT true.
4) John Nash has never made a major move (Bonzi, McInnis, Sheed) when the rumors have preceeded the deal. Doesn't mean it won't happen with New York, just that it would be his first big trade that was in the press before it happened.
5) If he does make a deal, is John Nash making moves to give HIM room to work under the cap in the 2007 offseason, or is he doing it for the "next" GM? And how involved is Steve Patterson in this process?

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN
And how could we forget.... about 13 months ago, the much rumored deal with the Toronto Raptors which in theory, could have given us this team:

SG-Vince Carter (averaging almost 24 ppg in 46 games as New Jersey's starting shooting guard)
PG-*Chris Paul (with Carter, lets assume you would not have gone down the Webster road...but see below because this pick of Paul probably wouldn't have happened)
PF-Zach Randolph
SF-Darius Miles
C-Joel Pryzbilla

Bench rotation: Jalen Rose, Ruben Patterson, Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Theo Ratliff, Viktor Khryapa, and Sebastian Telfair.

What would you have been missing to obtain that lineup? Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Vladimir Stepania, and Derek Anderson. Ask yourself, where are all three now?

*Now to be fair, if the Blazers could have made this deal work, and keep in mind it WAS out there (John Nash said as much on our show last spring when he stated that he "was suprised at what Toronto took back since our offer was better"), Portland probably wouldn't have been in a position to select third overall, so Paul is really a stretch. So.... replace Paul with Blake in the starting lineup. I still think if they loved Jarrett Jack enough last summer with Telfair already here, they would have still taken him even if the Toronto trade went down. Since he is getting better and better each week, imagine if the rookie from Georgia Tech had a player like Carter in the backcourt with him, as opposed to being the two guard with Telfair, or if Rose was there to take some defensive pressure off him since he is the only decent on the ball defender among the current Blazer guards.

What will happen????? My guess is even John Nash and Steve Patterson don't even know the real answer.