16 February 2010
I’ve been wrong before. And I was certainly wrong this time around.
That’s part of the job.
According to published reports, the Portland Trail Blazers are set to acquire Marcus Camby from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the expiring contracts of Travis Outlaw ($3.6 million) and Steve Blake ($4 million).
Camby easily fills the void left by both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla. He ranks second in the league in rebounding and sixth in blocks. What's not to like there for a defensive struggling Blazers squad that has played 25 games without a true center. The move also reunites Camby with his old running mate in Denver, Andre Miller. Those two connected for a lob or two in the past.
Now Portland is showing they’ve got bigger plans than sitting in the 8th seed out West.
As for me, all I can say is better luck next year.
Time to eat Crow.
For the past couple weeks I’ve stood firm in the belief that the Blazers wouldn’t make a trade before or towards the NBA trade deadline on Thursday. But I should have known something was up when a typically responsive Kevin Pritchard declined my interview request on Sunday.
Said he preferred to "please pass on the interview at this time".
The plan was to see if he still prescribes to his stance that in-season trades are too risky. Apparently he didn’t think so this season.
Still, I can’t help but think Pritchard will bring back Blake this offseason.
It’s just a hunch.
Then again, I’ve been wrong before.
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