Pritchard said he was pleased with the Francis buyout, which is believed to be around $30 million. The Blazers negotiated a 50 percent offset in the deal, meaning the team will get 50 percent cap relief from whatever Francis earns in the next two years... Pritchard also said that Portland fans will be pleased with the Jones addition, noting that the 26-year old has the personality to be a locker room leader. I asked Pritchard if he expects Jones to be the starting small forward this season, and he hesitated, saying he wasn't sure if he was done making moves. It confirms a suspicion I've had ever since the draft was done: Pritchard still has one big move left....Also, Pritchard reiterated on Wednesday that the team will sign free agent Travis Outlaw. The only sticking point is how much they will pay him. Outlaw is a restricted free agent, meaning the Blazers can match any offer given to Outlaw, so the hold up is waiting to see how much other teams will offer him.All of this are items we have suspected here, but it’s good to see a legitimate source put them in print. Very interesting. So Jason agrees with us that there’s another big move coming, the team is planning on bringing Outlaw back, and they’re excited about Rudy Fernandez. Good stuff.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A few notes from Jason Quick’s blog post today:
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