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JordansBulls
07-18-2008, 03:18 PM
Source: NBADraft.net (http://www.nbadraft.net/2008_stateofthecap_trailblazers.html)




2008/09 Portland Trailblazers Payroll: $68.2 million
2008/09 Estimated Salary Cap: $58 million
Roughly $10.2 million over cap


If those numbers are correct the Blazers are 3 million under the luxury tax which is around 71 million next year.





The Good:
Winning the Rookie of the Year award didn't go to Brandon Roy's head. He simply came back and played even better. Roy improved his scoring average to 19.1 and he distributed the ball more, leading to 5.8 assists per game. The versatile guard is quickly climbing the ranks of the best players in the NBA and has already earned an All-Star berth. The Blazers will happily enjoy paying rookie scale for such an incredible player the next two seasons, but I'm sure they are already thinking long-term extension for Roy.

A second player from the 2006 draft class that is lighting up the court in Portland is forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The former Longhorn really stepped up his game during his sophomore season, nearly doubling his scoring to 17.8 per game. His 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks aren't too bad, either. Aldridge looks like he will form an imposing front line with Greg Oden for many years to come. Roy and Aldridge are playing so well, it might get a tad expensive when their contracts are up for renewal in 2010.

The Trailblazers were on the hook for $18 million over the next two years for troublesome forward Darius Miles. However, Miles had his knee injury inspected by a doctor and it was determined to be career-ending. By rule, any player deemed athletically incapable ofcontinuing his career will not have his salary counted against the cap. The injury is unfortunate news for Miles, but it does help Portland's cap situation a great deal.

Free-wheeling General Manager Kevin Pritchard might be the league's most active personnel man. He's always looking to make a move. In this year's draft, Pritchard turned the 13th pick into Jerryd Bayless -- widely considered a top-five talent. In addition, he used Paul Allen's checkbook to purchase New Orleans' 27th pick, which he used to trade for France's Nicolas Batum, another player with lottery skills. Add these youngsters -- along with potential franchise big-man Greg Oden and Spanish sensation Rudy Fernandez -- to an established nucleus and you have another potential Western Conference power.


The Bad:
Raef LaFrentz might very well be the most overpaid player in the league that actually tried to participate with his team. LeFrentz only managed 39 appearances this season, averaging a pathetic 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. For that, he'll be paid a ridiculous $12.7 million next year. Thankfully, the Blazers won't have to write him painful checks for long since that is the final year of Raef's contract.

After winning the first pick in the draft, Portland was eager to see their prize center in action. However, knee surgery robbed Oden of his entire rookie season. The prognosis is good for Oden to make a full recovery, but it's still not the best way to begin your career. If you include the wrist injury that plagued his first year of college, Oden has already endured two major injuries before playing his first NBA game. Not a good sign.

With Oden's gimpy knee freeing up the center position, Joel Przybilla was expected to step up and fill the void. As it turns out, his performance was a tad underwhelming. Przybilla's 8.4 rebounds per game were pretty good, but he was a non-factor on the offensive end and his shot-blocking wasn't nearly as good as he has shown in the past. At $6.8 million for next year and $7.4 million after that (a player option year), Przybilla should have provided a little more for the money. It will be nearly impossible for him to earn that kind of cash when Oden comes back next season.

The Future:
In Portland, the future of the franchise is so bright they should ship a pair of sunglasses with every season ticket package. Roy is an All-Star, Aldridge is the real deal, and many other young players have shown great potential and improvement. Travis Outlaw was the teamís third leading scorer and Martell Webster shot a respectable 38.8% from the three point line while averaging 10.7 points per game. With Greg Oden finally beginning his career next season (we hope), the Blazers will possess the best collection of young talent in the league.

Too add icing on the cake, Portland will also be a major player in next summerís free agent frenzy. Steve Francisís contract was bought out and will stop counting against the cap after next season. The contracts of LaFrentz and Miles will be off the books as well. Even after re-signing a few of their players like Webster, the Blazers will likely be $20 million under the cap or more. Imagine adding a stud free-agent to this core of skilled players.

phils07
07-18-2008, 03:44 PM
all good stuff.

one thing i want cleared up tho. Greg Oden. I was under the impression he was 100 percent ready to go and cant wait for the season to begin. i remember hearing that somewhere and i got really excited because i thought that somehow there werent many side effects of the microfracture surgery. then, yesterday, one of my friends said they saw him on ESPN and he said that is only 80 percent and wont be comfortable for another 2 years.

what im asking is has anyone seen that same TV spot where he said he will be able to play but will be uncomfortable. i guess i was just being naive hoping he would be fine after the surgery. i just really hope the blazers can realize all of their potential.

IndiansFan337
07-18-2008, 05:30 PM
This team is scary. If they can add another star who is in their late 20's or early 30's via F/A then they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

mustang22
07-18-2008, 09:08 PM
With that 20 mil, they should go out next offseason and get artest or the matrix

znick21
07-20-2008, 04:40 AM
all good stuff.

one thing i want cleared up tho. Greg Oden. I was under the impression he was 100 percent ready to go and cant wait for the season to begin. i remember hearing that somewhere and i got really excited because i thought that somehow there werent many side effects of the microfracture surgery. then, yesterday, one of my friends said they saw him on ESPN and he said that is only 80 percent and wont be comfortable for another 2 years.

what im asking is has anyone seen that same TV spot where he said he will be able to play but will be uncomfortable. i guess i was just being naive hoping he would be fine after the surgery. i just really hope the blazers can realize all of their potential.

yeah i saw it, he did an interview on espnnews and he did say he was 80% but that he was still ready to go. to clarify on the being uncomfortable for 2 years, he said that amare stoudemire TOLD him he wouldn't feel totally comfortable on the knee for 2 years. and from what i've heard it doesn't seem like oden's injury was nearly as bad as amare's.

Rhyming Rebel
07-20-2008, 05:07 PM
Portland are stock piled with Talent and poised for a bright future.

dick butane
07-22-2008, 02:59 AM
yeah i saw it, he did an interview on espnnews and he did say he was 80% but that he was still ready to go. to clarify on the being uncomfortable for 2 years, he said that amare stoudemire TOLD him he wouldn't feel totally comfortable on the knee for 2 years. and from what i've heard it doesn't seem like oden's injury was nearly as bad as amare's.

Plus Amare is playing pretty well on his repaired knee.

Dawson8
07-22-2008, 05:33 PM
Oden will be fine.........(unless he has a freak accident on the same knee) Whenever a player or anyone has surgery like that, it takes awhile to feel normal. Your body has to adjust to have something abnormal happen to it.....like surgery. I am sure it will only feel 80%. However, by the middle of the season he will probably feel more like 90%......Having him at 80% is better than not having him. Plus, he has the best back up center in the NBA. I am sure Nate is going to play both of them a lot.
Future for the blazers is bright. It is like the perfect storm for an NBA franchise. Cap is working in their favor, they landed amazing draft picks for the past 5 years. One was by chance and the others were nailed by an aggressive GM that knows what the hell he is doing. As long as KP is the GM portland is going to thrive. Hopefully he will not leave for a bigger market.