One of those players who we're waiting on is probably a guard, and the Blazers probably had to give up a guard to get him. One in, one out.
But what about the guards, specifically point guards, that the Blazers already have? If you look at the roster, Steve Blake is the only "true" point guard who has seen any meaningful minutes in the NBA. Is he the starter, even with other heralded guards possibly joining the team? I think the answer to that question is a resounding "yes."
Oddly enough, Chris Duhon got me thinking about Steve Blake. Or to be more specific, the Knicks reportedly acquiring Duhon got me thinking about the Knicks reportedly attempting to acquire Blake.
But is Duhon enough? Does he make you better? Maybe you can argue that he makes you better because of the addition-by-subtraction rule. Marbury is a perpetual ticking timebomb. No matter how many times you want to believe he means it this time, at this point even his own teammates don't believe it. Stephon says all the right things at the start but he's always a mine buried in the locker room just waiting to be triggered. One false step and kaboom.What I find interesting is the questions New York folks, in this case Alan Hanh of Newsday, have of Duhon are the same many in Portland have of Blake. Can he be the starting point guard for a playoff team? A championship team? Maybe, maybe not, but if the Knicks did ask about Blake and were rebuffed, then one would have to figure those in the Blazers front office value Blake-as-NBA-starter enough to turn down legit offers (and if the Knicks really did offer Duhon the MLE, then you have to figure they were willing to give up something decent).
The players are tired of it. Several of them told me Marbury is mostly a loner in that room at this point. No one takes him seriously, but the distractions he can cause -- and perpetuate with his comments and actions -- are an annoyance.
So if a trade to acquire Steve Blake isn't something Portland is willing to do (I'm told they weren't) and Monta Ellis isn't something Golden State is willing to do (ditto) and just about any other potentially available PG either doesn't quite fit style-wise (Kyle Lowry) or doesn't fit financially (Baron Davis, pre-Clippers), then Duhon might have been the best option that still fit the Bigger Plan.
I guess what I'm getting at is this: Steve Blake isn't going to give up his starting point guard duties simply because there may be a new ball handler in town.