|"I wanna play for YOU, Charlotte Bobcats."|
Fast forward to 1999-00 season. I was 18 years old. Still, the "10 year old side" of me got so pissed off while watching Rasheed Wallace and the rest of the guys crap away an 18-point 4th quarter lead, that my own mother told me to leave the house, go somewhere and cool off for a bit, and come back when I was in a better mood. And in 2007, while watching the Patriots get upset by the Giants (which I was sure had no chance in hell of happening), I turned off the TV with about 30 seconds left (I did not want to see the damn Giants celebrating for one second) in the game and pissed off all the people that were at my sister's Super Bowl party. Not cool at all. I told you, the 10 year old inside me can be a bit of a poor sport.
When the deadline passed for the Blazers to extend Batum's contract, his agent took some pretty thinly-veiled shots at the Blazers brass. He made it a point to say, among other things, that they would negotiate "with all other 29 NBA teams" before giving the Blazers another shot. And this is exactly what he should do. I don't have a problem with this tactic in the least! It's just that the dude doesn't have to be a punk about it.
So after battling with the GM side of me and the 10 year old side of me, I think that it's finally time to trade Nicolas Batum away. And soon, because I think Portland is going to lose him for nothing if he walks at the end of the season.
I'm not going to get all Bill Simmons-y on you, because frankly I can't. I don't know enough about each individual players contracts to know who the Blazers could successfully flip Batum for. But I would say package Batum and Raymond Felton and see what kind of point guard is available out there.