Casey Jarman, WW music editor and Blazers blogger
Chicago's Tyrus Thomas,
Upside: Defensive beast (when he feels like it) and highlight-reel dunker at 6-foot-10 who would bring some fire to the Blazer frontcourt.
Downside: I'm the only person in the world who thinks this is a good idea.
Numbers This Season: 9.2 Points, 6.5 Rebounds per game (in limited playing time).
The Dish: Chicago is in flux and the team seems poised to dump Thomas—a 23-year-old who works hard but is somewhat…uh, temperamental—and might be willing to experiment with moving star point guard Derrick Rose over to the shooting guard position if the right distributor came along (cough—Andre Miller—cough). Having Thomas in Portland might spur healthy post competition with LaMarcus Aldridge, as the two were swapped for one another on draft day in 2006.
How Portland Is He: There'd be both standing ovations for Thomas' blocked shots and angry John Canzano columns for his inevitable missteps.