So, what is the next move for the Portland Trail Blazers?
The Utah Jazz informed Wesley Matthews that they will not match the Blazers' five-year, $32.7 million offer sheet.
What this means for the Blazers is that they are days away from having six guards on the roster: starters Brandon Roy and Andre Miller, reserves Rudy Fernandez and Jerryd Bayless, 2010 first-round draft pick Elliot Williams, and Matthews. Including either reserve Patty Mills or 2010 second-round draft pick Armon Johnson, which by all accounts is a near certainty, means seven guards.
Fernandez has almost certainly played his way out of the Blazers' future, after an injury-riddled, lackluster regular season followed by a disappearing act in the playoffs.
The failed Bayless experiment at point guard appears to be finished.
Though the Blazers technically have an overabundance of guards on their roster, the reality is that behind starters Roy and Miller, there appears to be only one certain opening night reserve, the soon-to-be-signed Matthews.
So, again, what's next for the Blazers?
Rumors continue to swirl that they would like to package some combination of Miller, Fernandez, Bayless, Joel Przybilla (and his expiring contract), future draft picks and up to $3 million of owner Paul Allen's fortune to acquire a top-tier point guard.
Miller performed admirably last season, playing all 82 games in a season that saw 13 Blazers players lose 311 player games to injury. But, at age 34, Miller is not expected to be part of the Blazers' (hoped for) future championship runs. With only Miller and a couple of unproven youngsters, the point guard position is the most glaring need for an otherwise solid roster.
As unrealistic as some of the following point guards may be, All-Stars CP3, Mo Williams, and Steve Nash have all been thrown around as possibilities (perhaps pipe dreams?) on various blogs, chat boards, and rumor mills. Other targets in the recent past, including Jose Calderon and Ramon Sessions, appear to be on the trading block. And another rumored target, Luke Ridnour, recently signed with the point guard-heavy Timberwolves.
We don't have a clue what the next move for the Blazers will be. With the recent chaos in the front office, they probably don't have a clue either.
Maybe the only thing we do know is this: The Blazers almost certainly aren't finished making moves this summer.
Aside from hiring a new GM, what do you think the Blazers will do this summer?
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