After a recent period of struggle, the Portland Trail Blazers finally decided to prepare for the future.
Head coach Nate McMillan was fired after almost seven seasons on the job. McMillan is a great coach, despite having clashed with point guard Raymond Felton this season. Coaches usually face a lot of heat when things do not go as planned and often are the first to go.
McMillan will most likely have multiple suitors. He is a coach who expects a lot from his players and holds them acceptable.
In addition, veterans Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby were traded in exchange for expiring contracts and draft picks that should come in handy.
The Trail Blazers also made a much needed move in waiving oft-injured center Greg Oden, paving the way for a much-needed fresh start. Oden had been a source of disappointment for the organization. It was time for some closure to the situation.
After the retirement of Brandon Roy (via the amnesty clause), the Trail Blazers now can focus on re-signing Nicolas Batum and adding pieces around him and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Finding a general manager would be the first step. That will allow for more focus on what players should be targeted to fill out the roster.
After a new GM is in place, coaching candidates (Mike D'Antoni, anyone?) will be narrowed down and a coach will be chosen.
The bottom line is this: The Trail Blazers should focus on rebuilding and not looking to the past.