Portland Trail Blazers

NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Why Blazers Are Giving Up on the Rest of Their Season

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 19:  (L-R) Gerald Wallace #3, LaMarcus Aldridge #12 and Marcus Camby #23 of the Portland Trail Blazers during a loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tyler WardAnalyst IMarch 15, 2012

As a Blazers fan, there have been multiple statements coming out of my mouth over the last 30 minutes that include, "You've got to be kidding me!", "Are you serious?" and "I really want to slap myself right now, along with everyone in the front office."

So yeah, needless to say, I wasn't too happy with the Blazers' deals Thursday.

Let me get this straight: As reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Blazers give up one of the best rebounders in the NBA in Marcus Camby, even though he is 37 years old, for a point guard (Jonny Flynn) who hasn't done much in the NBA thus far, even though he was drafted sixth overall in the 2009 draft.

They also acquire Hasheem Thabeet, one of the biggest busts in recent memory.

You've got to be kidding me.

The Blazers' frontcourt now consists of All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, the recently-signed Joel Przybilla, the seldom-used Chris Johnson, the injury-prone Greg Oden and Thabeet.


Aldridge is undoubtedly a great player that will be in the upper echelon of power forwards for many years to come, while Przybilla is an average center that can get the job done when his name is called. Johnson, a former National Basketball Development League Defensive Player of the Year, can become a decent player if given the opportunity, I believe.

But then there's Greg Oden. And we all know his story. The center has played in just 82 games since being selected with the first-overall selection in the 2007 NBA draft.

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