From: CBS Sprortsline.com
The Portland Trail Blazers hired Steve Patterson and John Nash last summer to clean up the image and transform a team that has been to the playoffs 21 consecutive years and averaged 50 victories the past nine seasons. So far, they have allowed Scottie Pippen, Arvdyas Sabonis and Antonio Daniels to walk and traded Bonzi Wells for aging Wesley Person and a first-round draft choice.
All the while, they still haven't made a decision on Rasheed Wallace, the most talented and problematic player on the roster. Wallace has been the subject of trade rumors from New Jersey to New York to Cleveland to Detroit to Memphis to Dallas and back again with a $17 million contract that ends this summer.
"We may keep Rasheed for the entire year, we may trade him, we may wait for a sign-and-trade, we may sign him or we may decide to just let him go and use the salary-cap space," Nash said. "As anybody would in this league, I'd much rather have an expired contract, and we don't want to take on a contract for more than two years."
In other words, they've got every excuse in the book not to make a deal as the Feb. 19 trade deadline approaches. Shouldn't their take on what to do with their most vital asset have been the first order of business? Obviously, they're still not sure what to do ... which might be trade him tomorrow for the likes of Antawn Jamison or Shareef Abdur-Rahim, or figure out how to spin the news conference of a new contract in the summer.