It appears that we will have a NBA season, beginning with training camp to open December 9th and a season opener of Christmas Day. What a great present! Though, with the clock ticking, there are several key issues the Blazers need to address, including whether or not to use the amnesty clause on Brandon Roy right away or to wait a year and see what B-Roy produces. Ben Golliver, Mitch Lawrence, and Jason Quick weigh in on the current issues facing the Blazers.
Ben Golliver, of CBS Sports and Blazers Edge joins the program to discuss the logistics of the new deal and the dilemma that the Blazers face with both Brandon Roy and Greg Oden. A big issue that faces the Blazers, too, is that even if they were to waive Brandon Roy, they still sit above the current cap, so they would not be able to shop any major talent in the market, like a big Tyson Chandler, or some fresh talent in David West or Jamaal Crawford. Golliver discusses the best way for the Blazers to use the mid-level exception, the quality of play that fans will see from players, and why some teams are hard pressed to fill their rosters.
Mitch Lawrence from the New York Daily News joined Chad Doing on the MSP to give more of a national perspective to the NBA basketball and the implications this new deal has on smaller market teams. Lawrence weighs the bark vs. bite from both the players and owners and who really followed through with their threats. Lawrence also discusses how other teams would treat the contracts of both Greg Oden and Brandon Roy. When will quality basketball be played? Who really came out on top in this deal? And what are the struggles that players and owners still faces once the deal gets done?
Hear Mitch's take here
Your Blazer insider, Jason Quick from the Oregonian, emphatically supports Brandon Roy's return to the Blazers! He talks with Chad about the multiple reason why the Blazers need to bring B-Roy back and the impact he will have. Quick says that Roy is healthy and hasn't had any setbacks, according to Roy's agent. This year's free agent class is not exemplary, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to sign a player to the mid-level exception who is under performing and not worth the money. According to Quick, there are more pressing issues to the Blazers organization, like who can fit in as a GM for an owner who wants supreme control.
Check out Quick's two part conversation with Chad, here.
If there is anyone who knows the functionality of the Portland Trail Blazers, it's the Godfather, Dwight Jaynes from Comcast Sports Net. He has witnessed almost every personnel and front office business decision the basketball franchise has made, and being as he is the Godfather, he undoubtedly has an embittered opinion about it. According to the Godfather, there is no way you keep B-Roy based on the economic constraints and the chemistry within the team and where Roy fits in. Once the acclaimed leader and go to man, Roy has been cast out by fans and analysts like a leper. And in keeping Roy, the Blazers have not learned their lessons of old when Paul Allen operated under the old CBA.