Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/13/13
In just over a week, the February 21st NBA trade deadline will have come and gone and the Portland Trail Blazers will be the same team then as they are today. The crux of the deal or the anti-deal is the Blazers lack of assets that other teams want or the Blazers are willing to part with. Yes, they have a talented starting five. But as it has been discussed ad nauseam the Blazers lack bench strength; this equates to a lack of assets. As it goes, to get something you have to give something. There has been some talk about trading J.J. Hickson, the Blazers power forward having a career year with an expiring contract. But this is easier said than done. Hickson would have to OK a possible deal and in doing so relinquish his Bird Rights. Hickson stands to make a fair amount of money in free agency this summer and forgoing his Bird Rights could cost him some leverage and, of course, some dough. I have fashioned a few deals that would employ LaMarcus Aldridge to acquire younger players
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