16 July 2009
While Dante Cunningham, Jeff Pendergraph and Jerryd Bayless are busy losing in Las Vegas, Portland is still searching for a hot hand in free agency.
I'm not implying summer league is meaningless. I just can't help but think about the bigger picture in Portland right now.
Here we are in mid-July. The offseason is slowly nearing the halfway point.
The mid-summer classic wrapped with another American League victory. Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo broke-up over a text message. Tiger Woods is predicted to win the British Open – maybe, and I’m still trying to figure out why there are 15 unwatched episodes of “John and Kate Plus 8” on my DVR.
Didn’t they seperate already?
But even with everything going on in the news these days, the one headline I’m failing to read is, “Blazers Finally Land A Free Agent”.
Maybe we won’t see that banner in the next few months. Maybe we won’t read it at all.
Is that okay? Let’s say Cunningham and Pendergraph impress enough in Vegas and share time backing up LaMarcus Aldridge next season – are you down with that move? Because that Paul Millsap contract match should be coming any second now from Utah.
No wonder the Blazers worked out Sean May in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Can you blame them?
I know the guy has knee troubles and it’s been said he can’t play, but what’s the alternative here at power forward….because it’s not Millsap or David Lee (although the New York Knicks may plan to halt negotiations by Friday) or Brandon Bass.
Here’s what the Blazers have to work with – that is, if they decide to continue shopping:
Marvin Williams – Atlanta and Williams are said to be nearing a multi-year deal. Good for Williams, not for Portland.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis – Boston would be taxed to bring him back, and the Detroit Pistons were interested. Denver may be in the mix. I'm a bit iffy about anyone nicknamed "Baby".
Linas Kleiza – George Karl wants him back. Money may say otherwise. But if Denver brings in “Big Baby”, then Linas goes bye-bye. Sure, Kleiza is more of a three, but at 245 pounds the guy is a scrapper.
Drew Gooden - Some don’t care for Gooden, but he’s played for some winners in Cleveland and San Antonio (let’s just forget that day with Sacramento or his time with Chicago) and isn't afraid to collect floorburns right along with his rebounds. Gotta like that.
Ben Wallace – Phoenix paid him $10 million to go away. He may sign in Detroit, and he’s only looking for a one-year deal before choosing to retire.....at 35-years-old.
Am I missing anyone?
The Blazers certainly are.
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