Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/28/13
With the All-Star break (Feb. 15-17) and the trade deadline (Feb. 21) rapidly approaching, the Portland Trail Blazers are caught between a rebuilding era and becoming a team of surprising overachievers.  We asked our team at OregonSportsNews.com to field questions on where the team is headed this year, and put them in the unfortunate and thankless job of deciding the team's long term fate. It wasn't all  the misery of pretending to be an NBA executive however, as we also asked our writers to weigh in on the renewed “I-5” rivalry, as the Sacramento Kings will relocate to Seattle pending league approval in April.    1. The Blazers have a razor thin hold on the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Buy or sell, are they a playoff team this season?   Casey Mabbott (CM): Sell. At least one team out of the Lakers, Mavericks, and Rockets will most likely bump Portland from the eight seed, and as much as I am sure fans do not want to hear that, a playoff berth this ...
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