The Blazers have been eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Suns Thursday night. Although they lost their first round matchup, I'm still satisfied for what they were able to make with their season dreaded with injuries. They were able to get 50 wins and a 6 seed despite Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla out for the year, Brandon Roy missing 19 games and Rudy and Batum missing a combined 65 games. But next year they will be fully healthy and a stronger frontcourt having LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden and Marcus Camby as their big men. Imagine the defense they will have when they will have Greg Oden and Marcus Camby on the floor at the same time. Having Brandon Roy and Andre Miller as our starting backcourt is also an asset to our team. Then we have our 3 point shooters: Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez and Martell Webster. Those 3 will all share minutes but Coach Nate McMillan will have trouble juggling their minutes, so you could Fernandez, who has been in the trade talks, go somewhere this summer. With our great depth the Blazers won't look at any free agents despite being a great free agent class. The Portland Trail Blazers look like an elite team in the Western Conference, but the only thing we will need is to be healthy.
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