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Trade Blazers trade away Noah Vonleh

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Wizard Mentor, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. TBpup

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    Like Stotts knows what to do with a big man. Outside of Davis who only has one skill and a 3' range around the hoop, every big man under Stotts seems to have declined the longer he was here. Declined and/or played softer and farther from the basket. Leonard, Nurkic and now Collins. Vonleh actually managed to improve but his minutes were so sporadic and undefined even when he was starting, to me that is not how to develop a 20 year old.

    Even when starter, he played 15 minutes or less in 32 of the first 42 games last year. That means he would start the the game play around 7 minutes and then come out and not get back in for the rest of the half. The same thing may be repeated in the 2nd half but sometimes he never got back in the game at all. Since they were never running any plays for him, I'm not exactly sure how he was supposed to develop much or gain a lot of confidence with those types of roller coaster minutes.

    For what he got, I thought he performed quite well.
     
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    Apparently, you have some confusion about the grammatical significance of the question mark. I don’t know the thinking of Blazers management with respect to Vonleh at the beginning of the season. I do suspect that at the end of the trade deadline, they were stuck needing to lose $3M of salary and his contract was a fit. Maybe they tried other moves and couldn’t get anything to work and had to settle for this one. Maybe they just thought that with so many other PFs on the roster, this was the best move at this point. Sometimes teams have to make tough choices.
     
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    You're not the only one. Nobody can fathom it.

    Must have been a terrible surprise. Who was the bad guy who came into the room and stuck them?

    Especially when they're too unskilled to think ahead.
     

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