Tag:Rich Cho
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:36 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 2:40 am

Andre Miller doesn't care if Blazers trade him

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller says he doesn't really care if he's traded prior to the NBA trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. andre-miller

The Portland Trail Blazers had their season self-combust due to injuries, and any hope of entering a championship window -- building around Brandon Roy, Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge -- has disappeared entirely. As such, it's crossroads time for new Blazers GM Rich Cho: to rebuild or to stay the course?

Rebuilding is the likely play, but that would require going young and shedding some of the team's older players with big-dollar deals in the name of flexibility. One of those players could be veteran point guard Andre Miller, who had his name floated in trade rumors last year and earlier this season as well.

NBA Fanhouse reports that Miller is indifferent to the trade talk.
"I don't really care, really,'' Miller said when asked in a FanHouse interview Wednesday whether his hope now is to remain in Portland rather than be traded. "You know what I'm saying? I would like to stay put, but it's a business and anything can happen.''
When asked if he believes there's a decent chance he'll be moved by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, Miller said, "Yeah. Yeah.''
"There's a chance,'' Miller said. "A lot of guys can get moved. Where? I don't know. At this point, hopefully it's not a team that's rebuilding. I wouldn't want to go back to like a Philly situation.''
Miller is a straight-talking, matter-of-fact speaker, so his blunt honesty shouldn't catch anyone by surprise. While Miller is still productive and a key piece of the Blazers team this season -- averaging 13.1 points, 7.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds -- as the team's only starting-quality point guard, his theoretical usefulness for the Blazers has come and gone. 

When Miller was signed in the summer of 2009, it was with the idea that he would help provide veteran leadership to a young team that was looking to take the next step in the playoffs. With Roy and Oden out of the picture indefinitely, the Blazers are now looking to build around Aldridge, wing Nicolas Batum and guard Wesley Matthews, a much less formidable trio. While Miller was supposed to guide the ship, that ship has sailed off in a totally different direction, replaced by a much less imposing dinghy. 

Miller is on the books for $7.3 million this season and a team option $7.8 million for next season, so a team that traded for him could simply let him walk this summer without any future financial obligation. He therefore would have appeal both to contenders looking to increase their depth without compromising their long-term flexibility and to rebuilding teams that are simply looking to dump a longer-term contract.

It also shouldn't be a huge surprise that Miller isn't as emotionally tied to Portland as he might have been in the past. He came to Portland with the goal of advancing out of the first round of the playoffs, to put a stamp on a long, successful NBA career. He hasn't accomplished that goal and he has no real ties to the area. If a contender was interested, who would blame him for reciprocating that interest and chasing playoff success somewhere else? 

Miller, with his on-the-ground game and savvy play, has plenty of NBA miles left. But he's nearing the end of his run as a game-changing starter. Whether he is moved prior to the deadline, during draft season or next year as an expiring contract remains an open question. The problem for Portland, of course, is the same one they have dealt with for a decade: Who can they find that is better?
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:11 pm

Rudy Fernandez is happy in Portland, for now

Posted by Royce Young

Remember over the summer when Rudy Fernandez and his agent basically begged Trail Blazers general manager Richo Cho for a release or trade? I do, because I wrote about it like 15 times.

Obviously, Fernandez wasn't traded. Or released. He's still in Portland and because of injuries to the entire city, is seeing a good amount of playing time. Now, Fernandez is sing a different tune. He's happy now and might even want to stay in Portland long-term.

Fernandez told SPORT.es, via HoopsHype that's feeling good about the Blazers again.

"I'm feeling real good here in Portland and I don't want to think about any trade. If everything continues like this maybe I would want to be here for a lot of years. I've feel that I'm blessed and now I'm more mature. The way the summer went... that made me open my eyes and realize that I'm playing in the best league in the world and I want to cherish the moment, enjoy the NBA. And I now that the NBA is a roller coaster, but I feel it's the best year after coming here."

That's a far cry from the summer where Fernandez's agent took it so far that the NBA had to fine him for publicly demanding a trade. And then Rudy spoke up and so he was fined again. Rudy had been unhappy with his role behind Brandon Roy and felt like he wasn't getting enough minutes. His minutes have actually decreased this season (from 23.2 a game to 21.8) but he's handling more, shooting more and is taking a bigger role within the Blazer offense.

"Now I enjoy playing, coach is giving me freedom," Fernandez added. "It's true that this situation is in part because of the injuries but the truth is I'm comfortable on the court and that makes me happy on and off the court. Now I have more friends in Portland, the family and people come to see me more often and I'm very focused on my job."

The Knicks appeared to be a prime candidate for Fernandez and made a number of calls to try and swing a trade. But the Blazers wanted a first-round pick for Rudy, something the Knicks didn't have.

Now just because Fernandez is happy now and is talking long-term in Portland doesn't mean the Blazers have a mutual feeling. Cho spoke about shaking up the roster recently and Fernandez is certainly a piece that could be involved in that. A lot of this depends on Brandon Roy's situation but more so about the long-term vision Cho has for the Blazers in Portland.

Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:01 pm

Portland's roster will likely be changing soon

Posted by Royce Young

The Trail Blazer roster is probably going to see a change before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. And I don't mean more people are going to get injuried. Well, fingers crossed on that.

But general manager Rich Cho told The Oregonian that the Blazers are definitely in the market to make a move.

"I'd say the chances are pretty good," Cho said of making a deal. "We are being pretty active, put it that way."

Well, that begs the question: What type of move? Something small to keep trying to win with the current core or something big like moving Andre Miller, Marcus Camby or maybe even Brandon Roy?

Give us more Rich, please.

"This team is an average to a little-above average team, and our record reflects that," Cho said. "And there's not going to be any quick fix to make it into a championship team. This is going to be a process ... But I think you have to think short term and long term. We are not going to sacrifice a long-term goal for a short-term benefit."

See, now that's interesting. Cho openly admits that the team is kind of mediocre in its current state. Which is certainly is. With all the injuries, the Blazers sit in eighth at 25-22. They aren't built to move up much higher in the standings right now. The team is average and they just aren't going anywhere right now.

But just like his former boss Sam Presti, Cho uses the word "process," which is a good word, especially for a team like Portland. There isn't an eay answer for them. Cho is in a tough spot. His franchise player has two bad knees, Greg Oden, well, you know, and plus anyone on the roster is at risk of hurting themselves at all times.

Yet the team is still in the playoff hunt. So Cho has decide if the current core plus an extra piece or two can make a push now or if he needs to start dealing things like Camby and Miller for young assets. Either decision won't be universally popular, but he's going to have to pick. The team can't stay as-is. Because like Cho said, it's not going anywhere that way.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:22 pm

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Posted bymarcus-cambyBen Golliver.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced that center Marcus Camby, who suffered a knee injury on Monday during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday. Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks."
Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee this morning, it was announced by General Manager Rich Cho.
Dr. Don Roberts performed the surgery in Vancouver, Wash., and Camby is expected to miss approximately three weeks.
"We're pleased with the outcome of today's surgery, and look forward to seeing Marcus back on the court soon," said Cho. "In the meantime, we have confidence in our frontcourt players to step into the void left by Marcus and help us continue to win games."
As far as injury news goes for the Blazers, this is about as good as it gets. Already this season, guard Elliot Williams, forward Jeff Pendergraph and center Greg Oden have been lost to season-ending knee injuries, and guard Brandon Roy is also out "indefinitely" after undergoing dual knee surgeries earlier this week.

In Camby's absence, the Blazers will use centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, and will also play some small ball with power forward Dante Cunningham. Cunningham got the start for Portland last night against the Sacramento Kings, but Przybilla played a season-high 29 minutes and grabbed 11 boards. It's unclear whether Przybilla can sustain that type of playing time, though, as he is still working his way back to 100% after dual knee surgeries last year.

Without Camby, the team's leading veteran voice, emotional leader and key defensive centerpiece, the Blazers will simply look to tread water and keep their heads afloat. The team plays just nine games over the three weeks, so the hit could have been a lot worse.

Some more good news: Camby's return is expected to come before both the All-Star break and the trade deadline. While his name has come up in scattered rumors, it's unlikely that Portland moves him this season, as they need his production if they hope to make a playoff push. However, Camby's presence on the court might make it easier for Portland GM Rich Cho to part with other trade pieces -- perhaps including Przybilla's expiring contract -- prior to the deadline.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:53 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 6:51 pm

Blazers' Roy to have surgery on both knees

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is set to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-roy

On Wednesday, we noted a report that Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was considering arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. On Thursday, the Blazers announced Roy would have surgery on both knees next week, and that there is officially "no timetable" for his return. 

Blazers GM Rich Cho told The Oregonian that arthroscopic surgeries generally have a 3-6 week recovery timeline and said, "hopefully [Roy] comes back this season."   

Roy conducted an interview with Blazers.com in which he discussed the decision to undergo surgery.
"The biggest thing is we've been working with our team doctors, we've actually been able to get a number of different opinions, and it's something that we've finally decided that we're going to try this step. I've been sitting out for a number of weeks, just trying to do whatever I can, the best thing I can to be able to get back on the floor. So we decided to do the scope on both knees, allowing our doctors to go in there and clean up some things and hopefully get me back on the court as soon as possible." 
Roy also said compensation pain caused by earlier surgeries necessitated these upcoming surgeries.
"But after having that right knee scope last year I started to compensate a lot so now is a good time for me to go in there and get them both scoped. Doing it at the same time will allow me to come back sooner than maybe waiting in between. My goal again is to get as healthy as I can so I can go out there and feel productive for this team."

Earlier in January, Roy was said to be considering meniscus transplant surgery . On Dec. 30, the Blazers shut down Roy "indefinitely" because of pain in both knees.

As noted Wednesday, questions remain regardiing whether an arthroscopic procedure will be able to relieve the persistent swelling and pain Roy experienced this season. It had been assumed and reported earlier in the fall that Roy's surgically repaired knees had deteriorated to the point that an arthroscopic surgery wouldn't be effective. 

Cho also acknowledged this uncertainty, according to The Oregonian. "This is really a temporary fix. Nothing is permanent," he told the paper.

Once the scopes are completed, Roy will become the fourth Blazer to undergo multiple knee surgeries since Dec. 2009. He will join centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla, as well as rookie guard Elliot Williams.

Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:50 pm
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Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:18 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 9:19 pm

Blazers announce Roy is 'sidelined indefinitely'

Posted by Matt Moore

Hours after Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the Blazers and Brandon Roy were considering shutting down the superstar for the remainder of the season, the Blazers have issued a press release announcing that Roy has been "sidelined indefinitely." The release includes the following quote from Rich Cho:

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely,” said Cho. “In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.”

So it would appear that the Blazers are at least making moves in the direction of a season-long sit-down for the All-Star. For more on the Blazers' situation without Roy, check out Ben Golliver's comprehensive breakdown on what it would mean for Roy, the Blazers, the fans, and everyone else.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:13 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Should the Blazers shut down Brandon Roy?

The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly considering shutting down Brandon Roy. Should they? Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

The 2010 version of Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is a far cry from the 2008 and 2009 versions, and it's throwing Roy, his franchise and the Portland fanbase for a loop. Expectations have been re-calibrated, dreams have been deferred and apprehension has mounted. With word coming from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger on Wednesday that all options are on the table for Roy -- including potentially shutting down his 2010-2011 NBA season before the All-Star break -- what's the right course of action here? There are a number of factors weighing on, and complicating, this decision. Let's look at what's best for all parties. The Team Roy has been ineffective and inefficient on offense, and a total liability on defense this season. His game has always been of the ball-stopping variety: when he's playing, the offense slows down, the Blazers run more isolation plays and Roy takes a ton of shots. Given his decreased quickness off the dribble, Roy is settling for tougher shots and making less of them this season. That fact has dragged Portland's offensive efficiency down in a meaningful way and has forced Blazers coach Nate McMillan to re-think Roy's role when he is out there.  In Roy's absence over the last two weeks, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has seen an increase in touches and has delivered well. Guard Wesley Matthews, Roy's replacement in the starting lineup, has also seen his numbers spike up, and reserve guard Rudy Fernandez has flourished, to a degree, now that he's been given the playing time he's long desired. The Blazers as a whole have played more energetically and less passively in Roy's absence, as the team's younger players tended to defer to Roy and stand around watching and waiting for him to make something happen. Still, the Blazers would be better off with Roy than without Roy, but the nature of his role as a starting two guard and primary scorer simply isn't sustainable, unless he has made significant progress in terms of his mobility during his weeks off. If Roy was available to play in short spurts and was comfortable playing off the ball, his shot-making and play-making abilities are of value. He could still be a positive this season, even in a limited capacity. Brandon Roy Despite concerns surrounding his health, Roy no doubt wants to play. He's a fierce competitor and has grown accustomed to being treated as the 3-time All-Star that he is. Shutting down the rest of this season, combined with a potential lockout, could mean years away from the game during what was theoretically supposed to be the beginning of his prime. That's no easy decision for a player to swallow. Sorting through the mental demons of playing in a limited state is going to be easier for Roy if he's able to play than if he simply steps away from the game. Shutting it down would really be Roy's last resort, the product of a medical diagnosis that he simply couldn't avoid. The Organization The Blazers have officially fallen short of their goal of competing for a title with Roy, Aldridge and center Greg Oden as their primary nucleus, and are reportedly deciding whether they should enter a rebuilding phase. The team's ceiling this season is the No. 8 seed and virtual certain elimination in the first round of the playoffs; their basement is the No. 10 or No. 11 seed and a trip to the draft lottery. Roy is essentially untradeable given his health and the fact that he's in the the first year of a 5-year $80+ million contract, so the Blazers are stuck with him for the time being. If Roy is able to contribute meaningfully, the Blazers would love to have him on the court for his superstar appeal and ability to sell tickets. He hasn't been able to do that this season, however, and his absence has allowed new general manager Rich Cho additional time and space to assess the rest of his roster's pieces.  Young players with untapped potential, such as Matthews and Nicolas Batum, can certainly use the extra playing time created by Roy's absence. If a rebuild is in the cards, the team could do a lot worse than making Aldridge, Matthews and Batum their temporary centerpieces, at least until a clearer picture of Oden and Roy's future effectiveness emerges. More minute and touches for the younger guys now means more confidence and reliable production down the road. The organization would like a productive Roy, but shouldn't let an unproductive Roy stand in the way of the development of younger, potential future core pieces. Conclusion Shutting down Roy isn't nearly as catastrophic an option as it might appear at first glance, given the team's record, the state of the organization and Roy's on-court ineffectiveness. The 2010-2011 Blazers are almost certainly going to be hovering around average, whether Roy plays down the stretch or not.  Given that fact, there's really no reason to rush a decision, unless medical opinion has swayed hard against Roy's ability to play through his ongoing knee pain. If no definitive conclusion has been reached about Roy's knees, there's nothing wrong with continuing to monitor and re-evaluate Roy on a week-to-week basis, assuming he is on board with that.  Treading carefully is of utmost importance here, given that a decision to shut down Roy will have major implications on and off the court for years to come.
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