NBA Trade Deadline: Portland Standing Pat? 5 Reasons For Portland To Make a Deal

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NBA Trade Deadline: Portland Standing Pat? 5 Reasons For Portland To Make a Deal
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The Portland Trailblazers have been inseparable from speculation and rumor over possible moves at this year's NBA trade deadline.  

In the midst of a 12-4 run and six straight wins, they have remarkably vaulted themselves all the way to fifth in the Western Conference despite missing their best player, Brandon Roy, for most of the season with knee issues.

The run to their current 32-24 record and playoff position has positioned them as a buyer at this year's deadline, looking to upgrade instead of shedding salary.

Accompanying their rise in the standings were rumors that linked them to New Jersey's Devin Harris and Charlotte's Gerald Wallace while trying to shed Marcus Camby, Andre Miller and possibly Greg Oden.

With less than 24 hours until the deadline, Portland has been dead silent in the trade market, having passed on Harris, who was suddenly traded to Utah, and resisted to move on Wallace.

Some assert that with Roy returning to see how well he can play, coupled with the rise of Wes Matthews in his stead, Portland has all the pieces it needs to make a successful playoff run. Thus, making a trade would be superfluous and counterproductive.  

With other contenders angling to improve, however, Portland would be wise to do the same, whether by addition or subtraction.  

Here are five reasons for the Portland Trail Blazers to pull the trigger before the deadline hits.  

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