-This will be C-Greg Oden's third year in the NBA and since being drafted by the Portland Trailblazers, the man has only played one season in his entire NBA career without being placed on IR early in the season. Currently the Trail Blazers should not keep this walking injury on their team, but sadly the Blazers have not said anything about releasing him. However the Blazers have said a few things about picking up his tender. Now with that being said another team could match the Blazers offer and sign Greg Oden which likely will happen considering the fact that aside from Yao Ming this season's free agent class really isn't that strong at the center position. Plus when Greg Oden is healthy he is a dominating force with excellent size making him a good center piece when healthy to build a team around. Now with that being said, don't expect the Pacers to go after Greg Oden who also happens to be an Indianapolis native due to his inability to stay healthy. That is not something Bird likes to have on his team.
-This season just before the trade deadline, the Portland Trailblazers traded C-Joel Pyzbilla along with big men Sean Marks and Dante Cunningham and 2 first round picks to the Charlotte Bobcats for SF-Gerald Wallace. Since being traded to Charlotte, Pyzbilla has been paid almost 8 million dollars to average 6.6 PPG. Expect the Bobcats to release Pyzbilla almost as fast as the Pacers will be releasing Mike Dunleavy and TJ Ford and don't expect him to get a new deal with another team anywhere near what he makes now in the offseason.
-This offseason, the Lakers took a chance on PG-Steve Blake and decided to part ways with PG-Jordan Farmar (who when he was released really wanted to play for the Pacers who could not afford him due to Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, and TJ Ford's fat ass overpaid contracts) who signed with the New Jersey Nets last summer. Man did that ever bite them in the butt, Steve Blake is getting paid 4 million to put up the lowest PPG average of everyone on their roster at the guard position. While Jodan Farmar is putting up almost 10 PPG averaging 2 RPG with a PER rating of 13 for the Nets on a smaller shorter contract. Expect the Lakers next season to deal Steve Blake for someone better in some god awful NBA trade only they can get away with because their the Lakers. Just like when they traded forPau Gasol and Shannon Brown. And that is why Larry Bird does not do business with the Lakers. Or if next season David Stern drops his stupid rule about the NBA teams having to honand the players go on strike, then expect Steve Blake to be released from the Lakers without being paid a dime and the same goes forJames Posey of the Pacers who may be dealt this season in a some type of trade also involving Brandon Rush. or veterans contracts