Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Hold Your Head Up! As bleak as the future may have looked over the past couple of years for the Portland Trailblazers and their fans, success may be just around the corner. With the addition of a couple of pieces here and there through the draft and free agency, the Blazers found themselves in contention for a playoff spot for a good chunk of the 2012-13 season.  Now before we get ahead of ourselves, the reality is, the team is still one or two pieces away from being a legit top-eight squad in the Western Conference. Unfortunately for the following three (possibly five)  individuals, the chances of them making the final cut come opening night is pretty slim. Will Barton Will Barton’s time in Portland may be short-lived. (Photo: Bruce Ely/The Oregonian) A first-year player out of Memphis, Will Barton was selected by the Blazers with the 40th-overall pick in the 2012 draft.  After receiving spot minutes for most of November, as most second-round rookies would have, Barton started to see significant
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