- Oct 2, 2012; Tualatin, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Adam Morrison (6) goes in for a layup during drills on the first day of practice at the Trail Blazers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE
I always laugh when I see another team pursuing a washed up or ineffective veteran player to fill out their roster, with the outside hope that “things will be different” and that “we can get him to live up to all that potential he had coming into the league.”
Now, it looks like I’m going to be laughing at myself all season, because the Blazers are slowly become that team.
Why do I say that? Am I overreacting, or is there really something suspicious going on here? Let’s look at the facts.
This summer, the Blazers acquired Sasha Pavlovic from the Boston Celtics. He hasn’t been productive in years and will most likely be glued to the end of the Blazers bench this season if he ends up making the team.
They also acquired veterans Jared Jeffries and Ronnie Price. I actually kind of like them both, but I’m not sure if either is ready to take on the kind of diminished role they are likely to see on this team.
Then, they invited the infamous Adam Morrison to training camp, and to top it all off, there is a rumor floating around that the team is interested in the even more infamous Eddy Curry, who is reportedly in the best shape of his career.
Don’t forget, this is the team that also had Hasheem Thabeet on the roster for part of last season…
What does it all mean?
I take it as a bit of a mixed bag, and the results will probably end up somewhat the same. Chances are Morrison will probably get cut, and I think it’s unlikely that this young team will end up with a guy of questionable character in Curry.
I don’t understand the Pavlovic signing, and I feel like there are better roster filler guys out there for the same price. Price and Jeffries may end up being valuable if there are any injuries to key guys for long stretches, and also as mentors to the younger players, which is probably why they were brought in.
The Blazers’ roster this season is a mix of semi-washed up veteran guys and young talent with loads of potential…should be interesting.