Posted: Friday August 11, 2006 11:46AM; Updated: Friday August 11, 2006 2:34PM
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SI.com: Does this squad have any chance at taking in anything of note in a trade for Miles?
Abbott: Um, no. Just getting his salary off the books would be a major accomplishment. There has been talk of trading Miles to the Knicks for Quentin Richardson, which I would do. The salaries are about the same, but at least the attitude on Q is less dreary.
The big debate is do you give him some burn, assuming he wants like hell to audition for his next team, or do you suspend him to keep him away from the young and impressionable? I don't know him well enough to offer an answer. But I can't shake the feeling that someone out there will make him a good NBA player at some point.
Imagine, for instance, that after a few years of stewing on the bench, he lands a "last-chance" gig on a team like Miami, with a tough coach. By then, he'd see where his career was headed. He'd be desperate to impress. He'd have to listen. And if he played 100 percent all the time off the bench, with that length and athleticism, he'd make a difference. In my fantasy, he could be like Bruce Bowen with an extra foot or so of reach.
SI.com: With Joel Przybilla retained, LaMarcus Aldridge waiting in the wings and Raef LaFrentz making huge gobs of money, new addition Jamaal Magloire can't be long for Portland. To me, he's always been overrated, but even the over-raters have cooled a bit on the big man over the last two seasons. Will he give Portland much this season, and how long do you think he'll stay in Oregon? Does it worry you that he's gotten significantly worse over the last two seasons, affixed with the same "trade bait" label he'll sport this year in Portland?
Abbott: He has been disappointing as of late, and it's pathetic to be getting worse at the age of 28. If I had his physique, I swear to you, I would be bench pressing Toyotas right now, fantasizing about having the little guy switch on to me on the pick and roll. Makes you wonder about the old ticker.
I reviewed a lot of video of his recent games and, frankly, I was horrified. But let's remember, no one thinks Aldridge is ready yet, LaFrentz is often injured and Przybilla tends to bring out the worst in referees. Portland would want one more big man, I suspect, anyway. And it was a fantastic trade regardless. There are only three things that can happen, which are all good for Portland: