When big men Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla were out for the season with injuries, the Portland Trailblazers were needed with a big man in the paint besides power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Now just recently, the Blazers just made a deal to ship off point guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Marcus Camby.

I really think this is a great trade for Portland. For the Clippers, it’s okay for them. The Clippers, I believe, were trying free up some cap space. Now they can use their two guards in Baron Davis and Steve Blake now. And with Travis Outlaw, he may be the starting small forward but I think he’ll be the backup for Rasual Butler most probably.

As for Portland, they can be powerful in the paint now. Marcus Camby has been an asset in the boards with the Clippers all season. He has been averaging twelve rebunds per game and can also score a bit, too, with about eight points per game. Camby will move from power forward with the Clippers to a center with Blazers, going in front of Juwan Howard. He and Aldridge will be the big men on the floor and the Blazers were in much need of one.

Now they finally have one. And with Brandon Roy coming back soon, the Blazers can be dominant in these 30 games remaining. It was a pretty beneficial trade for both side, mostly favoring Portland, though. We’ll see how it works out for both teams now.


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