The off-season begins. Discuss.

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  1. KingSpeed

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    People said that last year. He’s not asking for a trade this year, next year, or the year after that. He’s made that so clear.
     
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    I would move Nurk as well so when he gets hurt we don't have to worry about it.
     
  3. Tince

    Tince Well-Known Member

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    This is the appropriate line of thinking. Stay away from the thought process that the team MUST go all-in or the team must move off Dame.

     
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    B-Roy If it takes months

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    It is great that we didn't trade Sharpe + Hart for OG last year, but Dame's patience has to be wearing thin. If no deals are to be had and we draft one of the Thompson twins (for example), it's going to be another year of straddling the line.
     
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    Samuel James “Hollywood” Robinson

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    I'd rather trade Dame at this point than sabotage the team's ability to win a championship.
     
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    I'm sure Dame wants a major move to be made and he has every reason to want that. I don't blame him and would love for the right, major move to become available.

    Having said that, I don't want to do what Minnesota or Dallas did, which was make a wreckless move and force an all-in attempt. That might keep Dame happy for a year, but would end up with him leaving anyway, and the Blazers with far fewer assets than they already have.

    At the very least, the public stance from Portland needs to be that they are open for business, but it can't be that they are going to give up 4 firsts and young assets for a non All-NBA player.
     
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    I'd rather make the best move for the franchise, whatever that may be.

    Trading Dame for pennies on the dollar would be unwise. Just as forcing an all-in trade would be unwise.

    They need to figure out what the options are and then move in the best direction.
     
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    B-Roy If it takes months

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    Publically they should keep their plans vague (although Cronin has not been good at that).

    Privately though? At this point I'm fine with either trading Dame to jumpstart the rebuild or going all in for Dame's last few years. I just don't agree with one more year of straddling the line, and I think don't think Dame would be quiet at that point either. He's given Cronin a lot of time. Two years to gather assets (Ant/Sharpe/Picks/Ability to open up picks). We now have to ability to realistically pivot one way or another so it's just a matter of execution at this point.
     
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    Agreed with most.

    I'm not "fine" with trading Dame, but if that's what proves to be the best move for the franchise to compete, I'm not going to rule it out. There could certainly be trades involving Dame where I'm happy with the return. If Cronin trades him, that better be how it happens.
     
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    Dame, as a Blazer, is Portland's best shot at winning a championship. No alternative is close

    trading Dame moves Portland further from a championship, not closer. And if you're trying to look at a longer time frame than the next 2-3 years, the variables mount so high it's just crazy guesswork and unsupported conjecture. Other than Dame, the only players certain to have guaranteed deals by the Blazers 4 years from now, barring trades, are Dame, Sharpe, and Little
     
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    Probably, but in reality I don’t give a fuck
     
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    if Dame is traded, I can just about guarantee that 99% of the opinions on the return from Blazer fans will be negative
     
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    Including the people who have been saying to trade Dame.
     
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    which tend to be a lot of the same people saying Cronin is a bad GM. So then, they want the bad GM that gets "taken advantage of" in trades to be the one that trades the best Blazer ever. They want "Sell Low Joe" to make the move.
     
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    I don't understand how attacking other posters over our hypothetical reaction to an undefined move is at all reasonable.

    I didn't call for a trade of CJ, nor of Nance, nor anyone that we sent to the Clippers... I wasn't pleased with the returns of those trades because I thought it was treading water in the near term without adding any substantial assets in the long run. I wasn't a fan of trading for Grant because he hasn't been on very good teams, he doesn't rebound, and he's a pending free agent. I was critical of these moves because I didn't clamor for them and I didn't see them as net positives.

    The Payton trade? Heck, yes, i liked it. I'm glad that dude is gone and I'm glad that we got some draft capital for what I thought was a terrible free agent signing... in retrospect, given we got value AND that no free agent we could have signed would have salvaged this season, I was wrong about the initial signing.

    For me, personally, as good as Dame has been on the court and in the community, I won't criticize Cronin for whatever he gets. It's definitely not addition by subtraction, but the Dame era has run its course and we need to move in another direction. Maybe other people calling for Dame to be traded will be different, but not me.
     
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    That’s also not what he said in its entirety. He said that they will “meet together on it and talk it through; we will make a decision and we will have to live with it.”

    He also said that when you’re accelerating your timeline you’ve got to be OK with what the future holds for the player you traded away is. This in particular doesn’t inspire much confidence for me, particularly.
     
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    I’ll add, he also said it’s not the same as last year because they’re trying to accelerate the timeline.
     
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    Say no stars become available or asking costs are ridiculous, what's the prudent path? Say we had the type of offseason listed below, is that a good team? I tend to think so (with improvement from Shaedon, but what do I know).

    draft Taylor Hendricks, re-sign Thybulle, pick up option on Knox, sign Kevin Love with an exception, sign Mason Plumlee and Cory Joseph with exceptions, trade NYN pick to Bulls to get our picks back?

    Lillard/Joseph/Mays
    Simons/Thybulle/Johnson
    Sharpe/Nas/Hendricks/Knox
    Grant/Love/Walker
    Nurkic/Watford/Plumlee

    I think that team is better than last year's team from a depth, size, and development perspective (for Sharpe, Watford), but I doubt it's a top 4 seed. I suppose the powder would be kept dry once we could consolidate all of the signings for a mid-season trade, not sure how long you can keep kicking the can down the road though.

    The roster would still be lacking a point of attack defender and rim protector, and I don't see great free agents out there. Maybe you could move Nas for Davion Mitchell or something like that. Not sure who would be a good young rim protector that we could target.
     
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    Correct. He said a lot more in the 18 minute press conference.

    Any time you trade away a young player for a player ready to win, then yes, there is a trade-off for now/ready vs potential. He also pointed out that last summer and at the deadline there were deals they weren't comfortable moving forward with and that could happen again this summer. So he went out of his way to point out that they will turn down moves if they don't make sense.
     
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    Cugel The epitome of mediocrity

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    I would make Ant come off the bench.
     

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