Can Blazers Afford Wallace and Batum?
Much as they’d like to keep both, the Trail Blazers will likely have to make a decision between retaining small forwards Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum after this season.
The Blazers hope it doesn’t come down to that, of course.
“You’re always trying to balance your roster,” says interim general manager Chad Buchanan, “but we think both of those guys are valuable pieces to our team.”
But can Portland afford to keep both?
“That’s something you try to do,” coach Nate McMillan says. “We like both. Sometimes things don’t work out because of a situation. The organization has to make a decision, and the player has to make a decision. But there’s no question we want to try and keep both guys.”