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Trail Blazers Rumors: Portland's Toxic Locker Room Will Hold Up Deadline Moves

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T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 5, 2012

The Portland Trail Blazers have a toxic atmosphere in their locker room and front office, which could make it extremely difficult for teams to make a deal with them at the NBA trade deadline. 

It's gotten so bad that teams looking to talk with the Trail Blazers have started to get frustrated by not knowing who to talk to in getting answers on who may be available. 

According to a report from Hoopshype.com, the Trail Blazers could move shooting guard Jamal Crawford, who was signed in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

However, from that article comes the frustration towards the Portland front office: 

Sources confirm to HOOPSWORLD that Crawford, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason to be retired shooting guard Brandon Roy’s replacement, is on several team’s radar. The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing him the strongest, but the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks have also expressed interest.

The problem is there’s no clear pecking order in Portland right now. Teams trying to deal with them have voiced frustration because they are unsure of who to talk to. As bad as things are in the locker room right now, they’re not much better in the front office.

That awful atmosphere in the locker room was tucked away in the wake of Portland’s loss to Minnesota 122-110, when, according to the website Oregonlive.com:  

Gerald Wallace was so angry that he slammed over a large recycling bin in the arena tunnel, out of sight of fans, spilling paper and plastics that had to be picked up by some poor guest services guy in a red vest. Jamal Crawford sat by his locker, with a blank expression, and said, "It gets old." 

However, there still are potential trade pieces that a playoff contender could use. 

On top of the Crawford rumor, there are on going talks about guard Raymond Felton heading to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Steve Blake. 

From Chris Haynes Trail Blazers insider for CSNW.com

A league source has informed CSNNW.com that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers have had “exploratory talks” regarding Trail Blazers' guard Raymond Felton.

According to the source, talks have been ongoing for weeks and it is likely to involve Lakers' guard Steve Blake in the deal.

CSNNW.com has also been told that terms of this potential deal “haven't got off the ground” but it is one that is being considered by both sides. 

At least one team has been able to get through to the Trail Blazers to have a serious trade talk. For the other NBA teams who could poach a player or two off of this sinking ship, good luck in finding the correct person to do a deal.

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