Posted: Friday August 11, 2006 11:46AM; Updated: Friday August 11, 2006 2:34PM
First, Magloire plays fantastically and you decide to keep him or trade him for something amazing at the trading deadline (possibly in a package with the aforementioned Mr. Miles). He is one of the league's best rebounders, which counts for a lot, and he says he has been working out.
Magloire plays fairly well and someone gets desperate for six more fouls and some points in the paint. You trade him for something useful.
Magloire plays poorly and you get $8 million or so of salary off the books next summer.
Look, Steve Blake is a great guy with a bright future, and I hated to see him go. But there was a bit of a crowd at the point, especially as it looks like Brandon Roy -- the great hope of the team's future -- might get some of his PT there. And Blake might come back! He loved Portland, and he will be an affordable free agent next summer.
My only hesitation about the trade has to do with Magloire's potential to affect the team's attitude. From what I have seen, he's a great guy. He says the right things. But he's not getting better with age, as you pointed out. He seems to lack that winner's tenacity, which this team should be ordering up by the arc-load.
SI.com: What role does Zach Randolph have to take to ply his low-post trade for a winner?
Abbott: I'm of the firm opinion that there is nothing wrong with Randolph, other than (like Rasheed Wallace before him) he should not be option A. I see him as one of the greatest garbage men in the history of the league. I remember seeing a game against Boston years ago,when in one quarter he got more offensive rebounds than the Celtics, combined, got defensive rebounds.
He has pretty good hands to go with a knack for scoring around the basket. If he were willing to go without a lot of plays being called for him, I think he could still have 15 and 12 most nights. The problem with him comes when teammates give him the ball and then stand around and watch. He's even OK at that, but the offense just bogs down; he doesn't find the open man as fast as you'd like, and everyone starts to look uninspired.