From The Oregonian’s Jason Quick‘s article on the Blazers and free agency came this nugget:
Agent Mark Bartelstein said the Blazers have also shown interest in two other clients: point guard Chris Quinn and forward Louis Amundson.
That’s two more names to add to the list of players that Portland has been talking to during Free Agency. It’s clear Portland is going after another rotation player to fill a hole. The interest in Quinn is a head-scratcher if you ask me. Sure he has proven to be a great three-point shooter at times, but it would seem to make more sense to just develop Patty Mills than recycle Quinn. Amundson on the other hand makes a ton of sense for this team, I thought we should have gone after him last year. He showed tremendous toughness, rebounding ability and defense in the playoffs. Considering his hairdo, hustle and the fact that he rides his bike everywhere, he’d fit right in to the Portland culture. Obviously there are a lot of teams interested in him, but it’s good to know Portland is at least reaching out.
As Quick points out in his article, Portland is moving very slow in free agency. If you ask me that’s a very good move. Obviously when you’re a team with out a General Manager, things have to be taken a big slower. Not to mention, this is a Blazer team with great depth. They are not at the point where they have to pull the trigger on a move without completely thinking it out. If they make a move in free agency it really has to be the right one. It’s also a wise move to take your time because you have to be cautious with how you use the Mid-Level Exception and who you use it on. For every time it’s used wisely on a Ron Artest or a Trevor Ariza, it’s wasted on a Jason Kapono or Antonio Daniels.