It's the best/worst time of the year for NBA basketball geeks: trade week! In two days, 20 hours, and 18 minutes (give or take a few seconds) we can all finally stop speculating where Carmelo Anthony goes and finally leave the ESPN Trade Machine—damn, my trades never work—and get back to work. But until then, there are rumors too good to ignore.
Portland has passively flirted with acquiring Gerald Wallace since the 2009-2010 season, but either former GM Kevin Pritchard was too afraid of Wallace's injury history (he is nicknamed "Crash" for a reason), or his present team, the Charlotte Bobcats, were asking too much in return for their second best scorer. But the window might be closing for the Bobcats to acquire young talent—¿adios Rudy?—and free up some salary cap space in exchange for Wallace. Portland, on the other hand, needs a player to help take the load off LaMarcus Aldridge, who is second in the NBA in minutes played (that's not a stat you want to lead the league in).
Regardless if Wallace ends up in a Blazers uniform by Friday, this week will likely signal the end of Joel Przybilla's seven season run in Portland. Long live the Vanilla Gorilla.
5:30 PM UPDATE:
Did I say Gerald Wallace, I really meant Devin Harris. According to Jason Quick at the Oregonian, the New Jersey Nets are eyeing Andre Miller as a consultation prize if they loose the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes (which they probably will). The deals being discussed possibly involve Miller and maybe Przybilla heading East in exchange for Harris and the outlandish contract of Troy Murphy. I'm sure we'll hear more about this soon...
7:44 PM UPDATE:
Goodbye Carmelo Anthony. Man, that was a bad trade for the Knicks. But it does mean the floodgates are officially open. I expect to see Devin Harris and Gerald Wallace in a Blazers uniform by the time I finish this bottle of wine. Or the next one.