So much for that “late bid” that Portland supposedly threw in for the services on Trevor Ariza. Confirming rumors that were floating around all day, Trevor Ariza will sign with the Houston Rockets, essentially completing the non-trade trade of Ron Artest-for-Ariza. That’s one less small forward for Portland to worry about in their pursuit of Turkoglu, but it also might ramp up the competition from Toronto if they should desire.
You might think I’m crazy, but I’d rather have Turkoglu right now than Ariza, even considering age. The Blazers already have a carbon-copy, skills-wise but not experience-wise, in Nic Batum, and the playmaking of Turkoglu is going to do more for the players around him. The Blazers needed someone to make plays for others, not play off others. As for the defense angle, lets hope Kirk Hinrich is the answer to that.