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“If Portland was ever going to trade Aldridge, they’d be sure to get the best return possible for him, as they should. If a trade with Cleveland was ever going to happen, Portland would undoubtedly insist on getting that pick (with other assets included as well) in exchange for their star big man. The reputation of this year’s draft gives Portland more leeway in trade negotiations. If the first overall were available, then that’s when trading Aldridge becomes an idea for management to consider.
As good as Aldridge is, he’s 28 next month. Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum are 22 and 24 respectively, and their best years lie ahead of them. Aldridge will be on the wrong side of 30 when they hit their prime. Could the Blazers conceivably be a contender with an aging Aldridge? I’m hesitant to say yes, and it would require a lot more depth than what they have now. It’s hard to imagine them rising to that level.
By flipping Aldridge for young assets such as center Nerlens Noel via the first overall pick and one of Tristan Thompson/Dion Waiters, the Trail Blazers could add a bunch of good young players that can all reach their prime at once. Flipping Aldridge for two players also helps with the problem of depth, and from what we have seen so far, Lillard seems like a mature enough figure to replace Aldridge as a leader. Throw in some veteran leadership, some complimentary role players (and while very raw, Meyers Leonard is still a very nice asset to have alongside the other young players), and there you have a foundation that could be better to work with.” [Yeung/Rip City Project]
“The Dolans are like a big-name Hollywood producer. When they produce something, you know about it and it comes with a lot of media hype and anticipation for some. But some producers develop a reputation for making crap movies and that’s what the Indians of recent years have become.
Regardless of past hit films, the producer’s name in the public eye becomes diminished and very few make plans to head to the theater and catch their latest film. Sometimes good reviews trickle in and encourage some to spend an afternoon seeing what its all about and perhaps coming away pleasantly surprised, but throwing large amounts of money at a blockbuster does not guarantee one box office success.
A producer is only as good as their body of work. One solid film to debut (2001 season) and a big hit (2007 season) surrounded by a series of clunkers leave fans untrustworthy of initial hype for the producer’s films. Sometimes this will lead to quality films being largely ignored and seen as great works in retrospect, but often not every good movie is truly appreciated on its debut.” [Boveroux/Wahoos on First]
“After spending much of his time at right defensive end in the Raiders’ 4-3 defense during the 2011 season, Desmond Bryant flourished on the inside at defensive tackle during the 2012 season. Bryant is an incredible athlete with rare flexibility for a man of his size (6’6″ tall, 310 lbs. according to the Cleveland Browns’ official team website). Not only does he possess an explosive first step, but he also moves laterally with ease, and even bends the edge from time to time. He uses his hands extremely well and he understands how to beat offensive linemen with technique. His rare combination of power and athleticism can make him nearly unblockable from time to time. Bryant does a great job of mixing up his rush moves. The two moves that Bryant relies on regularly are his bull rush and swim move. Bryant has a very high motor and he consistently shows relentless effort in getting to the quarterback.” [Leister/DraftBrowns.com]