I don’t think there’s any question Portland needs another big man,
preferably a power forward but possibly a backup center. And to get
one, you have to give up something.
Multiple sources in the NBA have told me that Jerryd Bayless seems to
be the most available player on Portland’s roster. A couple of sources
indicated over the weekend that Bayless has asked the team to trade
him, because of his lack of playing time. I wouldn’t blame him — young
players want, and need, to play. And if he wants out, the team should
try to accommodate him.
Bayless has begun to see more action lately, but you have to wonder — is that being done to help teams get a better look at him? A showcase? I mean, how can you ask a lot for Bayless when he’s not even playing significant minutes for you? If I’m sitting in another NBA office and the Trail Blazers are asking me if I want Bayless, I’m going to have to answer, “Why would I want somebody you don’t think is good enough to play for you guys?”
Even with Bayless as bait, I’m not sure what the Blazers could get in return. On Dec. 15, Andre Miller can be traded and I think he would be a better trade piece. Miller is more respected around the league than he seems to be in Portland. Somebody might be willing to bite on him.