Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/16/12
The flight to Salt Lake City to lure hall of fame coach Jerry Sloan to Portland took just under two hours. The offer to Roy Hibbert, the best center in free agency, was a no-brainer. Both moves were made swiftly and with conviction.  Both were home run swings. Both left the Blazers with absolutely nothing… And it was the best two moves this franchise has made in a long, long time. When Neil Olshey was brought over from the Clippers in June, he was tasked with one thing…make the Blazers relevant for years to come.  Under Larry Miller’s presidency, fans were pushed to believe that this team was a few pieces away from being in the upper echelon of the NBA. LaMarcus Aldridge was the star, and it was a matter of surrounding him with the right players. Last season’s debacle, however, proved that the Blazers are far from contenders. And then Neil Olshey walked through the door. And the home run swings started flying. Roy Hibbert, a top-5 center, was offered a max deal. Indiana promptly matched
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