Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 6/19/12
This time of year is fantastic for a basketball fanatic. Blazer fans all over are so entrenched in the speculation and debate on what the team should do in the draft and coaching search. Lost in the noise is all talk on free agency. In a lot of ways, free agency is a much more sure-fire way to solidify your team as a contender. Last year the Blazers went out and signed free agents Kurt Thomas, Craig Smith and Northwest native, Jamal Crawford. I think this off-season, the Blazers need to go out and find another talented NW prospect, Spencer Hawes. Hawes, the 7’1” center for Philadelphia, is a very talented 24 year old player. He has been either injured or playing behind a veteran. Never really had the shot to live out his full potential but I believe Portland could be the perfect scenario for him. He has size, skill and youth on his side. Last year as a ‘Sixer, Hawes played 37 games, started 29 of those. Averaging 9.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 blocks he showed sign...
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