03 July 2009
Hedo’s in town. But is anyone else coming?
Like many media members in Portland, I detailed Turkogul’s itinerary with a return trip to Orlando on hold.
Even though Portland is basically bidding against themselves at this point, it appears this thing is already a done deal. Just need to extend an offer, agree on an amount and draw up the contracts (well, and wait until July 8 to make if official). Everything else is for the camera.
Once Hedo is locked-up though, where then do the Blazers turn their attention?
Do they get to the point, or fast forward? Let’s put the point guard talk on hold for a few minutes. Because we all have our theories and here is mine in case you missed Thursday’s post (shame on you).
Moving right along. There’s an interesting blend of bigs at power forward still to consider in pondering an actually need Portland has to address. Check Brandon Bass and David Lee off the list, both want to start and are looking for significant free-agent deals.
Portland’s options come down to two guys in my opinion: Leon Powe and Antonio McDyess.
All along I’ve felt McDyess, 34, would be an ideal fit backing up LaMarcus Aldridge and add a much needed veteran presence to boot, even for a short period. But now that the Celtics decided not to re-sign Powe, I’m starting to re-think my theory – that is, if his torn knee ligament has healed. McDyess (who made roughly $900,000 last season with Detroit) has the veteran, banger type trait happening, whereas Powe is really a starter in this league but makes a fantastic second option for any coach.
San Antonio, Charlotte, Cleveland and Boston are all said to be interested in McDyess, with a price tag ranging between $3 - $5 million.
The Celtics – who declined Leon’s option - have not completely ruled out having Powe (who turned 25 in January) return to the Celtics, but as of now he on the open market.
So what’s the next move? Who do you like the Blazers to chase and where should they inquire? A point guard or power forward....or maybe another small foward. Maybe.
Where should Kevin Pritchard and his posse turn their attention after Hedo is hoisted upon their shoulders?
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