The big question for the Portland Trailblazers as the NBA trade deadline approaches is whether or not the team should make a trade.
Everyone knows how the Blazers have been killed by the injury bug during the 2009-2010 season and early on it was assumed they would make a trade for a big man.
However, recent rumblings have key Portland players implying they shouldn't make a trade.
Brandon Roy recently said in an interview with the Oregonian, "Unless it's like a great deal for us, then I understand the approach of not making a move and letting us fight it out."
He added, "If we get in a seven-game series, we can beat any team, even without having our centers."
This is a huge vote of confidence by Roy for the rest of the team. The All-Star thinks that they can beat any team in the league without trading anyone away.
No wonder he's the leader of the team.
But, in my opinion this may be misguided.
Once the Blazers are fully healthy, which should be shortly after the All-Star break, they will have three point guards (counting Jerryd Bayless), two shooting guards, and three small forwards all capable of playing heavy minutes.
At small forward alone they have the young and talented Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, and Nicolas Batum.
One of those guys is going to have to be spending a substantial amount of time on the bench.
You will also have Rudy Fernandez and Jerryd Bayless fighting for a spot to back up Roy, and one of those guys will end up with a small amount of minutes.
My question is: why not make a trade?
GM Kevin Pritchard can't possibly hold on to all these guys for an extended amount of years.
When all those players become eligible for free agency Portland won't have enough money to satisfy everyone.
Think about the trade value of a guy like Outlaw, Webster, or Fernandez. There has got to be plenty of teams willing to make a trade for them.
I think Pritchard should quit being gun shy about the trade deadline and go make a earth shaking move.
Portland would be scary if the got a guy like Amare Stoudemire.
Even if they got a Brendan Haywood I think they'd be much more dynamic and capable of an extended run in the playoffs.
Let's not let guys like Steve Blake, Outlaw, and Fernandez waste away playing limited minutes, Portland should go see what they can get for them.
Hopefully, Kevin Pritchard will pull of another magical trade but this time at the deadline.
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