Friday , Sep , 14 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Can Channing Frye Replace Greg Oden For Portland Trail Blazers?

On Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers learned Greg Oden will miss the 2007-08 season because of a microfracture knee injury. So what know? With Zach Randolph in New York, who plays down low? Portland can go in two directions. They could sign a veteran as a stop-gap measure or they could give Oden’s minutes to a couple of their young posts …

They can’t replace him. But they must move on.

On Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers learned Greg Oden will miss the 2007-08 season because of a microfracture knee injury. So what know? With Zach Randolph in New York, who plays down low?

Portland can go in two directions. They could sign a veteran as a stop-gap measure or they could give Oden’s minutes to a couple of their young posts. Below are their options:

Cheap Veterans:

P.J. Brown: An unrestricted free agent, Brown is deciding whether to retire or play a final season. The wily post can defend and rebound. But he wants to play for a contender. And Portland is rebuilding.

Chris Webber: Same deal as Brown. C-Webb is deciding whether to retire or play a final season. He also wants to join a contender, so don’t expect him to sign with the Blazers.

Up-and-coming Youngster:

David Lee: Portland should call New York and see if Lee is available. Isiah Thomas, the Knicks GM and coach, keeps saying he won’t trade his rugged post. But Lee never got his fair share of minutes and now the Knicks have Zach Randolph. So who knows?

In-House Options:

LaMarcus Aldridge: This young, athletic power forward will now get minutes at center, too. Look for to take another step after a decent rookie year.
 
Josh McRoberts:
A second round pick in this year’s draft, McRoberts moves up in the rotation because of Oden’s injury. He’s not ready to make an impact, though.

Joel Przybilla:
He’s a hardworking, energy player, who holds his own on defense. But his offensive game is raw. Still, will now get more playing time.

Raef LaFrentz: He can step back and drain three-pointers, but, on the whole, LaFrentz’s NBA career has been a disappointment. He won’t play much even with Oden’s injury.

Channing Frye: This is Portland‘s best option-the afterthought from the Zach Randolph-Steve Francis trade. Two years ago, Frye turned heads in New York. Spike Lee loved him. Isiah Thomas called him untouchable and the future. Well, things changed last season because the talented post struggled with injuries.

Frye is a skilled offensive player. He can hit the jumper and has an array of post moves. I also like Frye’s length, which allows him to rebound and defend. The former Arizona star could have a nice bounce back season.

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