With the Trail Blazers' obvious struggles and the health challenges (that's putting it mildly) of Greg Oden andBrandon Roy, two people with knowledge of the team's strategy told CBSSports.com that Portland management is contemplating trading older players and going young. The obvious targets for such a purge would be Marcus Camby (36), Andre Miller (34), and Joel Przybilla (31).
Przybilla ($7.4 million expiring contract) and Miller (whose $7.8 million salary in 2011-12 is fully non-guaranteed) are eminently moveable. Another candidate to be dealt, though not because of age or health, is Rudy Fernandez, who has wanted out of Portland for some time. Sources caution that the Blazers have engaged in only internal conversations about this strategy, and it is contingent upon the team (10-11) continuing to struggle. But the writing certainly is on the wall for major changes in Portland.
Maybe this is exactly what the doctor ordered, a couple of bigs and a point guard. I know Camby was just recently extended and I'm unaware of how much he's making and for how long. Also, If my memory serves me right Przybilla is out with some sort of injury so trading for him will be a gamble.