For the past several months I've been convinced that the Blazers needed to trade Rasheed Wallace. But I feel a little bit more conflicted about it now. Although there's no question his behavior is often a distraction, my problem has always been more with his play. I hate seing a power forward with as as good a turn around jump shot and solid defensive post skills as Wallace perrenially parking himself out by the 3-point line. He also has been bad about not calling for the ball enough. But with the emergence of Zach Randolph as a regular 20+ points-per-game scorer, it's created a better niche for Rasheed. He doesn't have to carry the scoring load all the time. He can pick and choose his opportunities to take over the offense, which is what Wallace prefers--only now we'll still have a post presence looking to score. And it's also worth noting that while Wallace still gets definitely more technicals than the average NBA player, we are now a couple of years removed from when that problem was at its apex. Although Portland surely isn't done making moves, either this season or over the offseason, I think Randolph and Darius Miles give the Blazers a good young nucleus, and the trio of Wallace, Stoudamire and Anderson provide a nice foundation of veterans. Dale Davis to me is expendable, but I also think we should keep another constant source of trade rumors, Ruben Patterson. His heightened oncourt energy are so often a real boon to the team, and can't be measured in Patterson's mediocre statistics. He also plays superb defense. Ah, if only John Nash were reading this weblog. Or anyone!