This time of year is never easy around the league: the NBA trade deadline. It’s basically a guessing game in some instances, and that’s even if your sources launch or can confirm a so called “done deal.”
Case in point: As a news service, HOOPSWORLD takes a lot of heat about the rumors they discuss, typically rumors that are already detailed by beat writers or in particular scenarios, debated with front office types or legit sources.
“Legit” being the keyword here.
Then there are those writers who simply throw a name against the wall and hope it sticks. Unfortunately, HOOPSWORLD – at times – falls prey to this beast. And the beast eats that garbage up. Swapping readership for credibility isn’t worth it.
Personally, I’m not big on that style.
But there are times – and with the trade deadline approaching, this is one of those times – that you have to seriously look at a situation and say, “okay, this team needs help. They have a desperate need. Or they have pieces to work with. Why wouldn’t they make a move?”
Trust me; it was tough to keep it to five teams. Could have easily been seven or ten teams. Should be a busy deadline; that’s a given.
So where does Portland fall into this category? They didn’t make the list. Would they have if it were longer? I’m still not sure. According to Kevin Pritchard, Portland will “stand pat.” Knowing the situation at the point and small forward positions however, something has to eventually give though. We know far too well Pritchard isn’t a big in-season-trade-guy, unless you count Taurean Green for Von Wafer from last year.
So apparently the Blazers won’t budge.
Surely Raef LaFrentz is sitting comfortably somewhere on his Iowa farm with a different opinion.
Shameless Plug: You know you’ve been busy if someone else plugs your work before you can shamelessly do it.
After much research on and a gift of an interview from a surviving member of the Indians – an interview that would not have happened without Jaynes’ help – the Northwest Examiner ran the feature story on their front page this month.
That never sucks.
Much like Dwight, I am not a fan of the PDF. But what is a writer to do….
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