Kevin Pritchard says Blazers are 'having discussions' about trades

Jason Quick, The Oregonian

Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard on Friday said the Trail
Blazers are involved in trade talks regarding acquiring a big man.

"We’re having discussions,” Pritchard said. "But so is the whole league.”

The NBA trading deadline is noon Pacific time on Feb. 18 and the Blazers are in the market for a center or a power forward to help with a front line that has lost centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla, forcing power forwards Juwan Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge to play center.

"I like the way L.A. and Juwan have been playing,” Pritchard said. "But if we have an opportunity to get a player, we will do it.”

The Blazers are roughly $1.2 million under the cap, allowing them to make a financially uneven trade, or take on a player with that much salary without having to send out a player in return. However, if they don’t take a player back, the Blazers would have to cut a player because they have the NBA-maximum 15 players under contract.

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