The Portland Trail Blazers Are on the Clock...Almost
At this point I don't believe Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard even has that answer. This would only be due to the fact that KP has multiple options. With such a young team, there become a multitude of avenues one could venture down.
First, on offense Portland must address the point guard issue. Visually displayed for the nation to witness was the lack of perimeter defensive pressure the Blazer point guards showed against the Houston Rockets in these past playoffs. Jerryd Bayless could become the starter, but he still needs time to polish his skill set and learn the nuances of the NBA game.
Devin Harris was talked about last year as being the answer to Portland's point guard woes. That never happened, and Harris continued to flourish out East, posting All-Star numbers.
This offseason the Blazers are making a second round push at Harris and have more in their arsenal to shoot at New Jersey. Harris would be an excellent fit for the Blazers, as he is a true one guard who is not afraid to drive the paint and has phenomenal court vision with a natural knack for distributing the basketball.
The recently announced USA mini-camp roster shows that both Harris and current Blazer All-Star Brandon Roy will have the opportunity of playing with each other. Perhaps this could be a prelude to an eventual one-two guard duo that could shake up the Western Conference for years to come.
In order for this deal to happen, Portland would most likely trade multiple players, a draft pick, and perhaps some cash for Harris. Some of the names surfacing are forward Travis Outlaw and Channing Frye.
The draft's first round does not offer much to Portland unless they can pick up Tyler Hansbrough. At 6'9", he is a bit small to play in the post, but his work ethic, determination, and drive to improve are unmatched among all others in the draft.
Hansbrough's ability to come off the bench and be a solid rebounder and blocker would help the likes of centers Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla get more needed rest during a grueling 82-game season in the West. Hansbrough's shot is a bit flat and may be hard to get off over longer opponents, but release can be taught—heart is born.
Time will tell—literally in a few hours—what type of mold the Blazers will be shaping this offseason. One thing we can be certain of now is that multiple players will be coming and going from the Rose City these coming months.
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