Steve Nash has Portland on his shortlist
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  1. cedricmasonstone
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    Posted 06/22/2012 3:00 PM



    Via Eric Smith, Raptors Radio Broadcaster, of Sportsnet 590 The Fan-
     "I heard from national-media types from around the U.S., and at least one prominent agent as well, that believe that Steve Nash has a shortlist," Smith said.

    "From what I have heard from these people, and they could be wrong, but these are coming from some pretty legitimate sources, it is a three-team race for Steve Nash in free agency: Portland, Phoenix and Toronto," Smith explained.
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    what do u think, would u want to have him in portland?
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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 06/22/2012 3:24 PM

    If Nash wants to come to Portland I would say yea and sign him.  I  thought he did not like Portland.  With him in the mix our options increase dramatically.  Even the way we manage the draft might change.
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/22/2012 3:43 PM

    said it before and i have to say it again. it sounds great and a big name but not productive to the long term future of this team. 10 years ago i would be drooling over the idea.  we need to plan long term, not piece together a roster of aging superstars.  to me, we can either build the way we built the drexler and roy teams or we can go the bob whitsitt approach, which is more consistent with decisions like bringing a near 40 year old super star to the team.  i sure know which blazer eras i preferred.  and the "bring him in to mentor" thing is not even close to being worth what it would cost to bring in nash. you don't invest $10 million to mentor grown men.  bring in a solid old veteran for the league minimum if you need a mentor. spend the money we would spend on nash on a young player like dragic that can help us for years to come.  if we build a young core and decide an aging star is needed, then sign one. but take care of the long term plans first and foremost. i have no interest in getting an 8 seed and early round exit from the playoffs. 
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 06/22/2012 4:01 PM

    Posted By jwood on 06/22/2012 3:43 PM
    said it before and i have to say it again. it sounds great and a big name but not productive to the long term future of this team. 10 years ago i would be drooling over the idea.  we need to plan long term, not piece together a roster of aging superstars.  to me, we can either build the way we built the drexler and roy teams or we can go the bob whitsitt approach, which is more consistent with decisions like bringing a near 40 year old super star to the team.  i sure know which blazer eras i preferred.  and the "bring him in to mentor" thing is not even close to being worth what it would cost to bring in nash. you don't invest $10 million to mentor grown men.  bring in a solid old veteran for the league minimum if you need a mentor. spend the money we would spend on nash on a young player like dragic that can help us for years to come.  if we build a young core and decide an aging star is needed, then sign one. but take care of the long term plans first and foremost. i have no interest in getting an 8 seed and early round exit from the playoffs. 

    how would this be piecing together a roster of aging superstars? who else is aging? nash hasn't lost a step and would be great to share minutes with lillard if we draft him. however, nash only makes sense if the blazers draft lillard. i would consider this before dragic or lowry. nash could attract bigger free agents this offseason if he signed with portland. 
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/22/2012 4:08 PM

    He'd just stay on Phoenix if he wanted to try and hobble into the 8th playoff spot again. Who knows, he can still re-sign with them. Rumors suggest NAsh wants to play for a legit contender. Unfortunately, that's not where our team is at yet.
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/22/2012 4:13 PM

    it's going down that path if you sign nash. he wants a title. its just a difference in philosophy. i wouldn't sign anybody unless they can contribute long term. i just don't see the wisdom in spending big time money for mentoring reasons or to attract other players over spending that same money on a young player that can play ball. that's what this is all about - playing  ball, not paying people to mentor or to attract other players. i would take dragic or lowry a million times over nash at this stage of his career.
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 06/22/2012 4:15 PM

    so you're saying you would only sign players to long term contracts?
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/22/2012 4:22 PM

    i would only sign players that can help us potentially in 3-4 years. nash doesn't quite make it. i have no delusions of winning a title in 2 years, so, therefore, the only point to signing nash is to mentor, and i don't believe in spending that much money for that purpose.
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  1. cedricmasonstone
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    Posted 06/22/2012 5:26 PM

    jwood whats wrong with geting nash for 2-3 years and once he is done try to find the blazers point gaurd of the future then? i think it will turn us into a 4 or 5 seed in the playoffs this year with nash i mean look what he did with phoenix last year they were a better team than us. on phoenix besides nash there whole team was average players.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/22/2012 5:29 PM

    Nash will help our young mister Lillard to become a much better PG.
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  1. cedricmasonstone
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    Posted 06/22/2012 5:57 PM

    good post cmeese47. i think nash can turn lillard into a better passer and mentor him
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 06/22/2012 10:40 PM

    Nash is 38 and Stockton retired around 40, so it would seem his next contract will be his last.  I can't imagine he'd want to run the point for a rebuilding Blazer team, but who knows.  Maybe he has his reasons for wanting to move to Portland.  The climate's great and everyone likes to retire out here, so what the hell.

    Nash has been averaging over 30 minutes a night for the past decade+... he's not going to come to Portland to teach, coach, or come in off the bench.  And Lillard or Marshall aren't going to be lottery picks to come in as 6th men or something.  

    If Nash comes to Portland, my thought is, Portland has heard and likes my strategy... to bring in a free agent to run the point the way the point is meant to be run, and buy us a couple years until a better prospect comes along in the draft.  Meaning, Portland is not sold on either Lillard or Marshall to be our point man.

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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/22/2012 11:19 PM

    Posted By cmeese47 on 06/22/2012 5:29 PM
    Nash will help our young mister Lillard to become a much better PG.

    Wait... is it June 28th already? How did we get Lillard? lol
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  1. benh7777
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    Posted 06/23/2012 8:57 AM

    Nash wants to play for a contender. Portland is not a contender even with Lillard being mentored by Nash.

    Portland needs to sign Dragic, that way you know what we are getting, a PG that will contribute instantly while still improving his game, won't retire in 2 years, and is not a look to score first PG. Use their draft picks to trade up and get Barnes, Beal, or MKG.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/23/2012 11:36 AM

    This news is somewhat surprising to me as I would have thought that Nash was going to sign with a contender but of the teams on his shortlist, none are legit title contenders, really. But if he really wants to be in Portland, I'm all for it, especially if we draft a point guard like Lillard to be Nash's apprentice.

    And it's not as if Lillard wouldn't get any run behind Nash, either. Nash hasn't logged more than 34 minutes per game over each of the past four years, which would allow Lillard plenty of practice running the team before it was time for him to replace the master.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 06/23/2012 3:50 PM

    Yoda and the young Jedi. Sounds good to me. I know he'll be at the Timbers games too. Isnt he part owner of a Canadien Soccer team in his Vancouver BC home, which is a stones throw from here. If he's interested in coming here to play, sign him. Then do what it takes to draft Lillard and Machado. Sign Hickson and Batum, and make Hibbert a ridiculous offer. Potential pivots ? Leonard,Artnet Moultrie etc...

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/23/2012 8:08 PM

    How many times has Nash surprised you I could easily see him here in PDX
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  1. jacklawrence
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    Posted 06/23/2012 8:57 PM

    Steve Nash: I’m considering everything at the moment. I would love to win a Championship, yes, but I’m not one of those people who believe I must win one to have a fulfilling career, so other factors, such as salary, family, playing time, and opportunity for team success all factor in

    Doesn't sound like going to a championship team is extremely important to him.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/23/2012 9:16 PM

    That is why I love Nash he just wants to be happy and play where he is comfortable.
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  1. TJ31
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    Posted 06/23/2012 11:39 PM

    Nash took a team that was total garbage except for him and Amare to the Conference Finals.  Without Nash that team was as good as ours is now.  So if Nash makes that much of a difference, if we sign him and a couple other free agents like KG or Eric Gordon or another decent starting caliber player, who knows how far we would go!  Nash and Aldridge are a perfect fit for each other, and I believe Nash would turn LA into a 26 to 27 point per game scorer.  With our draft picks we could have experienced veterans to mentor them.  We could be set for the Present and the Future

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  1. TJ31
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    Posted 06/23/2012 11:39 PM

    Nash took a team that was total garbage except for him and Amare to the Conference Finals.  Without Nash that team was as good as ours is now.  So if Nash makes that much of a difference, if we sign him and a couple other free agents like KG or Eric Gordon or another decent starting caliber player, who knows how far we would go!  Nash and Aldridge are a perfect fit for each other, and I believe Nash would turn LA into a 26 to 27 point per game scorer.  With our draft picks we could have experienced veterans to mentor them.  We could be set for the Present and the Future

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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/24/2012 8:06 AM

    I think having LMA is the biggest draw for Nash and than location and Allen's pocket book are a bonus.

    I agree with posters.... LMA would flourish with Nash in Portland

    Reports say Nash wants a 3 year deal around 10 mil and being on the shortlist has me a little giddy i won't lie ahaha
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/24/2012 8:16 AM

    If we did sign Nash and Kaman and drafted Lilllard and Waiters... the mix would look a little something like this

    Nash/Lillard/NoSMith
    Mathews/Waiters/
    Batum/Babbit
    LMA/JJ Hickson
    Kaman /Kurt Thomas/Henry Sims

    or sign a two guard instead of center and draft  Meyers Leonard

    As long as we get Nash and Lillard we will be set

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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/24/2012 9:14 AM

    i'd rather see lillard and dragic battle it out like beasts for the starting role.  they'd compete heavily for minutes and i think that is what will make lillard and dragic better.  when dragic was given the starting role after lowry went down, he was better than nash.  he averaged about 19 ppg and 8 assists when given starters minutes.  if we can get dragic for the same price we can get nash, then it is a no brainer to me, assuming dragic can play close to the same level he played when given an opportunity. i think dragic is young, confident and hungry after that little taste of success in houston.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/24/2012 11:57 AM

    I guess my only concern about Nash in Portland is that, when he leaves, you find out how bad players really are. Look at Amar'e. He was challenging for the top PF in the league when he played for Phoenix, but without a mastermind like Nash to set him up his production dropped.

    I'm worried that the organization might compromise on the pieces brought in around Nash. And that would make it a very short-term deal. Once Nash retires in 2-3, the team becomes the worst in the league. If Phoenix doesn't sign him this year, they will be the Bobcats of the West.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/24/2012 2:47 PM

    Worst team in the league is probably not logical with the pieces we already have but if we have one bad season you will get a nice draft pick which can and does help teams become competitive again.
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  1. Chris Langeler
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    Posted 06/24/2012 3:53 PM

    Posted By D Licious on 06/24/2012 8:16 AM
    If we did sign Nash and Kaman and drafted Lilllard and Waiters... the mix would look a little something like this

    Nash/Lillard/NoSMith
    Mathews/Waiters/
    Batum/Babbit
    LMA/JJ Hickson
    Kaman /Kurt Thomas/Henry Sims

    or sign a two guard instead of center and draft  Meyers Leonard

    As long as we get Nash and Lillard we will be set

    Like what you're thinking with this line-up, but here are some minor alterations that I think might spice us up a little bit:

    Sign Nash and Hibbert (depends on PA's wallet, but I bet he's willing), draft Lillard and Leonard.  Resign Przybizzle.  Add a few more role players, blend until fully mixed.  Result (D=drafted):

    Nash/Lillard (D)/NoSmith
    Matthews/E-Will/Orlando Johnson (D)
    Batum/Shawne Williams/Luke Babbit
    LMA/JJ/Kyle O'Quinn (D)
    Hibbert/Leonard (D)/Przybilla


    My gut's not all that golden, but I do think this is a both feasible and deadly team.  #5 spot next year, home court advantage in 2, conference finals in 3.

    Thoughts?
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/24/2012 4:08 PM

    If we grabbed both Hibbert and Leonard... that would be over the top.  I like what you are thinking too.... we need to add an experienced center and with bird rights we now might have enough cash room to sign both Nash and HIbbert... Depends on Indiana tho....That would be a huge take along with Lillard and Leonard.  Grand slam Plan

    Kaman is kinda a poor mans solution I know but being unrestricted, he is also a more likely an option....  not great but much better option than what we have been rolling with last year

    Meyers Leonard... His upside I doubt he will be there at 11.... just a hunch
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  1. mdmgrand
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    Posted 06/24/2012 4:55 PM

    Nash with Aldridge would immediately put the Blazers in Playoff contention at the 7th to 8th seed.  Add in shooters like Matthews and Batum, and draft out of these scenarios: Lillard/Leonard or Drummond/Rivers and you could be talking about the 4th or 5th seed.
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  1. Mistafab322
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    Posted 06/24/2012 8:16 PM

    perfect team 4 seed can do damage in playoffs .
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  1. benh7777
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    Posted 06/24/2012 8:40 PM

    Come on people,

    how can you settle for just making the playoffs for 3 years and then after Nash retires we are back where we started, rebuilding a team?

    Sign Dragic, he needs no mentoring, he is ready to run a team on his own now. Let Nolan Smith be mentored by him. Then use #6 ,or trade up, or whatever and draft some real talent like Barnes, Beal, or MKG. Bring a Center in by way of free agency and this team is set to get better for years to come. Instead of having to rebuild again in 2-3 years, we're talking championship contention, if we can keep healthy this time.

    You forget we have tons of free cap space, there is tons of talent in this years draft as far as bigs go, not so many on the free agent list. There is some decent, instant impact, PG's on the market, sign one and put our draft picks to better use.
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 06/24/2012 9:32 PM

    Posted By benh7777 on 06/24/2012 8:40 PM
    Come on people,

    how can you settle for just making the playoffs for 3 years and then after Nash retires we are back where we started, rebuilding a team?

    Sign Dragic, he needs no mentoring, he is ready to run a team on his own now. Let Nolan Smith be mentored by him. Then use #6 ,or trade up, or whatever and draft some real talent like Barnes, Beal, or MKG. Bring a Center in by way of free agency and this team is set to get better for years to come. Instead of having to rebuild again in 2-3 years, we're talking championship contention, if we can keep healthy this time.

    You forget we have tons of free cap space, there is tons of talent in this years draft as far as bigs go, not so many on the free agent list. There is some decent, instant impact, PG's on the market, sign one and put our draft picks to better use.

    i get what you're saying and i dont think signing nash is realistic unless portland drafts a pg. i think players like dragic know they can start on a team and dont want to come in and fight a high draft pick for starting minutes. one solution would be to sign nash who would start but be limited in minutes on the court. i've read that he's been playing less than 34 minutes a game the last few years so it's a good opportunity for a younger guard to lead a second unit off the bench.
     
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  1. Chris Langeler
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    Posted 06/25/2012 5:10 AM

    At this point, Houston is almost certainly going to do whatever it takes to keep Dragic.  They are on the verge of shipping Lowry to Toronto (http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/46492/rockets-set-sights-on-moving-up-in-draft) or elsewhere, which almost certainly means that Calderon isn't in their plans for the future.  If Nash isn't a realistic/affordable option, I'd love to see Calderon as our starting PG/mentor for Lillard and Smith.  Not sure how we get him (send Jamal in a draft-night sign-and-trade plus 2nd round picks?).

    I think there's still a good chance Leonard is available at 11, although Olshey seems pretty high on Waiters at that spot too.  My question is, with Wes and E-will in the rotation at SG, but with NO centers currently under contract, don't we have to grab a big with one of our first round picks (i.e. Drummond or Leonard)?
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/25/2012 7:56 AM

    no. we need to pick the best player available which, to me, clearly is waiters if available at 11. we've already learned our lesson multiple times about passing up talent for centers.
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  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 06/25/2012 9:02 AM

    put aside age and future for a second, 2 seasons of nash will turn aldridge into a whole nother level of beast, i'll guarantee it now. It also takes care of shooting woes from the point and adds disgustingly awesome lobs to EW/hickson. what if we packaged nolan and flynn away and get a back up of the future in either lin or dragic. 2years time and those guys could take over the reigns, especiall after some tootledge. then we can look at bigs in the draft, or maybe even a tasty SF incase batum decides to under preform again or go somewhere else.
  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 06/25/2012 9:03 AM

    heck nash might even be the key to batum coming out of his shell, if he gets rewarded more for cutting maybe he wont camp at the 3point line.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 06/25/2012 10:42 AM

    I like the way you think Stacks. I agree,Nash will make everyone better, get them to their spots and hold people accountable. Nash, least we forget, is the only reason we know who Dragic is. I believe he can do the same for Lillard. The boy is humble, and humility speaks volumes as to growth potential. If we do get Lillard and Waiters, we definitely need to go after a real center. Hibbert or McGee.
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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/25/2012 11:06 AM

    gosh. all the love on this site for nash, you'd think the guy craps gold or something. seriously, he's a great PG but has never even won a title and he's almost 40.  with exciting young improving PGs like lowry and dragic why are we talking about paying a lot of money for a very old PG when we are trying to develop a championship contender for the future?  follow the OKC model for building a team.  if you're going to pay multi millions of dollars for a mentor, then get one who is a proven winner, willing to work for little money, and okay with a bench role.  like OKC did with Fish.
    we heard of dragic because of nash? maybe so, but i had no idea how good dragic was until he got away from nash and played like a top 5  PG when given the opportunity in houston. and,no , i do not believe that nash made dragic good.  i think he just needed an opportunity.  again, take him or lowry, whoever is available - not nash. 
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/25/2012 12:17 PM

    I agree, jwood. Nash was clearly holding Dragic back because the minutes weren't there for him. But it could be argued that Dragic wouldn't have been as good in Houston if he hadn't trained with Nash first. Yet I still think going for Nash is the wrong way to go about it because he will try to carry the team rather than train the young talent, and, once the Blazers start depending on his leadership, *poof* he's gone and we're back to a similar stage of rebuilding... except by then LaMarcus would almost be 30.
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 06/25/2012 12:41 PM

    Getting Dragic away from Houston doesn't sound like an easy task.

    Nash wants to play minutes, not coach a rookie.

    It makes no sense to draft Lillard and sign Nash when both are going to command big minutes.

    What makes more sense is sign Nash and draft a 2nd round PG ... a guy who isn't expected to start and will be more willing to play a backup role.


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  1. jwood
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    Posted 06/25/2012 12:58 PM

    i don't think our draft decisions should be based on nash's needs or wishes. i am shocked that you would discourage taking lillard in order to accoommodate nash.  you want to downgrade our PG prospects to make nash more comfortable with the situation? could not disagree more.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/25/2012 1:06 PM

    Nash is the man he is good enough to give us an outside chance at winning a title while he is still here. I think we would be foolish not to consider him. 

    Since 2004 Nash has only had one season in which he has shot below 50% from the field. He has also had only one season under 10 assists per game since then. His efficiency is off the charts and for a team that took a lot of bad jump shots last season we need someone like Nash a lot more than someone like Dragic. 
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 06/25/2012 1:11 PM

    you guys all act like Lillard is god's gift to the point guard world, but i bet very few of you saw him play in college.  you watch a couple videos, hear what others say, and you're all sold on Lillard.  Even if that's not the case, maybe you're a PSU alum like me and maybe you follow the viks and maybe you saw lillard live a couple times, if so, I appreciate that you speak from experience.  

    And obviously you haven't read a word I've said in any post about Nash or Lillard because what I've been saying all along is Portland should get a competent PG like Nash or Kidd that can efficiently run the point error free... keep fans happy because fans haven't been happy with Miller, Felton, or any PG in the past 10+ years.  Hell, not since probably Porter and Strickland have fans been happy.  

    Further more I have said Lillard and Marshall are not the answers to our prayers.  This might be the weakest crop of PGs the NBA draft has EVER seen in its history and all of you act like Lillard is our answer.  Look, the guy is short sighted, he's not a great passer, his awareness is suspect at best.  What I like is his ball handling, ability to slash, finish, shoot free throws, but running this team, you really think he's the answer?  I will say you know nothing about him if you're so convinced he's the answer to our prayers.  You watch how much Matthews, Batum and others are wide open and Lillard's spending all his time trying to create for himself.  His best attribute is his ball handling and with that he's not going to turn the ball over, but that's not to say he's going to make crappy passes or simply not see guys.  

    There is potential for Lillard, but he's not without his problems.  Nash buys Portland time until a better prospect comes along in one of the next couple drafts.   

    Yeah, I'm willing to pass on Lillard because he's not derrick rose, not even close, and there will be better prospects in the future.

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  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 06/25/2012 2:17 PM

    land nash and howard, resign hickson and batum and lets celebrate in rose city after our fist title in 30years. comon paul allen, you've got the money and we all love you for it.
  1. D Licious
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    Posted 06/25/2012 2:25 PM

    Posted By boomtown on 06/25/2012 1:11 PM
    you guys all act like Lillard is god's gift to the point guard world, but i bet very few of you saw him play in college.  you watch a couple videos, hear what others say, and you're all sold on Lillard.  Even if that's not the case, maybe you're a PSU alum like me and maybe you follow the viks and maybe you saw lillard live a couple times, if so, I appreciate that you speak from experience.  

    And obviously you haven't read a word I've said in any post about Nash or Lillard because what I've been saying all along is Portland should get a competent PG like Nash or Kidd that can efficiently run the point error free... keep fans happy because fans haven't been happy with Miller, Felton, or any PG in the past 10+ years.  Hell, not since probably Porter and Strickland have fans been happy.  

    Further more I have said Lillard and Marshall are not the answers to our prayers.  This might be the weakest crop of PGs the NBA draft has EVER seen in its history and all of you act like Lillard is our answer.  Look, the guy is short sighted, he's not a great passer, his awareness is suspect at best.  What I like is his ball handling, ability to slash, finish, shoot free throws, but running this team, you really think he's the answer?  I will say you know nothing about him if you're so convinced he's the answer to our prayers.  You watch how much Matthews, Batum and others are wide open and Lillard's spending all his time trying to create for himself.  His best attribute is his ball handling and with that he's not going to turn the ball over, but that's not to say he's going to make crappy passes or simply not see guys.  

    There is potential for Lillard, but he's not without his problems.  Nash buys Portland time until a better prospect comes along in one of the next couple drafts.   

    Yeah, I'm willing to pass on Lillard because he's not derrick rose, not even close, and there will be better prospects in the future.


    I would beg to differ if he played for Calipari or Pitino he would be the second pick of the draft... if Sac doesn't take him we will have a gift

    after watching this video series below: no doubt he will rock it with or without Nash
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3My0...feature=relmfu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Efmy...layer_embedded
    I am a fan of Billy Ray Bates
  1. D Licious
    D Licious
    Posts: 199

    Posted 06/25/2012 2:36 PM

    I think why Nash makes sense in many peoples minds is because if there is a knock on Lillard its pick and roll... and Lillard would see how its done by the games best, and with his work ethic he will most likely turn that negative into a positive.

    So here's to Lillard wearing his PORTLAND jersey with big old #1 on it!  2 days away woohoo 
    I am a fan of Billy Ray Bates
  1. schwabbii
    schwabbii
    Posts: 205

    Posted 06/25/2012 4:10 PM

    Wait, isn't that what we are missing? A player that can shoot and create for himself? Instant offense? As much as we need a passer, we also need a great scorer.
    I am a fan of
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 06/25/2012 4:43 PM

    So true this team has terrible offensive rhythm.
    • They have no guards capable of penetrating,
    • Wing players that tend to stand in the corner rather than cut to the rim, 
    • No one plays off screens except the ball handler.   
    • Poor jump shooters
    • Very few people who get to the foul line
    Lillard helps with a few of those, Nash will help with the rest.
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. BDawg
    BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 06/26/2012 5:29 AM

    Whom Portland drafts may have some influence on Nash's decision. If, as he has said, winning a ring is not necessarily his measure of a successful career, what else MIGHT be, if not mentoring a possible future all-star and leader, putting his fingerprints on the future long after he hangs his kicks up? A one-two punch at the point, with Lilly and Nash, with Nash starting and finishing, but the two splitting minutes down the middle? All for it, and the only situation I would say Nash in the scarlet, black and white makes sense. Whom this team drafts will impact who they target in FA. At this point, it looks as if this team may be constructed to play up tempo...yet another thing to keep your eyes on as THAT will determine whom will and won't be a finalist in the coaching search, temporarily on the back burner. I trust there is a plan.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. Geobronc
    Geobronc
    Posts: 21

    Posted 06/26/2012 8:01 AM

    boomtown...

    Lillard is the best pick at #6...right now...we need a good PG and you cant find one as good. Drummond is another project that I would not take in a million years.
    Lillard has been scouted, can be selfish at time, but he had too for Weber State, because they needed a scorer. I have seen him play on clips and he CAN pass the rock and is a strong motor man. I bet you he could be rookie of the year in 2013. 

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