Sign Pritchard, Keep Melo

Ok, there's been lots of talk recently about Wark and our current front office and with the firing of Kevin Pritchard I think it would be of our best interest to let Wark and his buddies go and hire Pritchard, immediately!!!

This is nothing against Wark as he's done a very fine job while in Denver. But Pritchard is a very unique brand of GM, the type every fan dreams of. Here are a list of moves Pritchard was involved with while serving as GM of our division rival Portland Trailblazers(from Wikipedia and doesn't even include signing Camby or Miller):

  • A deal prior to the 2006 NBA Draft which sent Sebastian Telfair and Theo Ratliff to the Boston Celtics in exchange for the #7 pick in that year's draft and Raef LaFrentz.
  • A draft-day deal which sent Tyrus Thomas (the team's draft choice at #4) and Viktor Khryapa to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the #2 pick, LaMarcus Aldridge
  • A second draft-day deal which sent the #7 pick in the draft, Randy Foye, along with cash considerations, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the #6 pick, Brandon Roy. Roy would end up being named Rookie of the Year, and would be selected as an All-Star the following three seasons (2008, 2009, 2010).
  • A third draft-day deal in which the team acquired the rights to the #27 pick in the draft, Sergio Rodriguez, from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for cash.
  • The Blazers sent forward Zach Randolph to the New York Knicks, along with guards Fred Jones and Dan Dickau, in exchange for Steve Francis, Channing Frye, and a trade exception.
  • The team subsequently used the trade exception to acquire forward James Jones and the rights to the #24 pick in the draft, Rudy Fernández from the Suns, in exchange for cash.
  • As you can see the guy is extremely good at what he does. When you look at where the Trailblazers were before he arrived to where they are now, his moves are basically unrivaled. He's built a team every sports fan desires. A young core of extremely talented players that can potentially challenge for a title every year. The bottom line is Pritchard has an incredible eye for talent (as shown through his drafting skills) and isn't afraid to make moves. In fact he's one of the most active GMs in the league, if not the most active. I bet Pritchard would love to sign with us having such a great team already to work with and could build an even more talented team that would convince Melo stay, and have us challenging for the Lakers once again in the near future. Plus the expirings of K-Mart and JR would have any GM salivating at the mouth, especially a guy like Pritchard. And how sweet would it be to "Pritch-slap" our division rivals, and his former team for years to come, and constantly rub in their face whay they could have had?

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