Portland Trail Blazers should be very active this off-season

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At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, the Portland Trail Blazers were my sleeper pick to make a run in the Western Conference.  I looked like a genius early on as the Blazers won seven of their first nine games.  Things quickly turned downhill though as Portland missed out on the playoffs and now enters the off-season with a boat load of needs.

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What Can Blazers Do This Off-Season to Reach the Next Level?

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Portland Trail Blazers have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, but have not gotten past the first round.  This off-season, Portland looks to put the pieces together in hopes of becoming true NBA title contenders.

By: David Kay

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Patience Key for Blazers This Off-Season

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Patience has paid off for the Blazers’ franchise.  Their re-building youth movement is now seeing results as Portland is a true threat in the Western Conference.  But what can they do this off-season to try and become one of the elite teams in the league?

By: Peter Christian and David Kay
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NBA Power Rankings: #7 Portland Trail Blazers


By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:

The Trailblazers made their expected jump into the elite of the Western Conference but they didn’t take the planned route to get there. After drafting Greg Oden two years ago and then losing him for the year and still improving by 9 games, the addition of two elite rookies to their already young team was enticing. However, Oden was nowhere near the impact player he was expected to be and Jerryd Bayless was less than influential. Rudy Fernandez was the impact rookie to go along with Brandon Roy’s leap into one of the league’s best players and LaMarcus Aldridge’s continued progress that led the Blazers to a 13 game improvement and a return trip to the play-offs for the first time since 2003.

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Third Time’s the Charm for Portland


by: David Kay

Third time’s the charm, right? After failing in their attempts to land free agents Hedo Turkoglu and Paul Millsap earlier this month, the Blazers have finally landed an impact free agent, agreeing to a reported 3-year, $21 million contract with point guard Andre Miller. (The third year of the deal will be a team option.)

Miller, like a lot of other free agents have found out this summer, learned that this is indeed a buyers’ market. Portland was really the only team with enough cap space able to offer him anything more than the mid-level exception without the 76ers having to get involved in some sort of sign-and-trade deal. A yearly salary of $7 million for a veteran point guard who averaged 16.3 ppg, 6.5 apg and 4.5 rpg last season, and has only missed five games in the last nine years, is quite the bargain.

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