What do you do with a problem like Darius?
Darius. Darius. Darius. This is a name that causes Blazersoggers to grind their teeth at night. When the Blazers signed Mr. Miles, he was a promising young player and a budding movie star.
He didn’t have All-Star Stats, but the potential was there. Then came the microfracture injury in 2006. Now he’s a a guy who sits on the bench, works out twice a week and frequents Portland strip clubs.
Darius has been rehabbing his knee, but is currently weighing in at 240. That’s about 25 extra ponds he’s carrying on his already fragile knee. The common concensus at BlazersOg is that he is a washed up player whose unfortunate injury stopped what could of been a productive career. There were those incidents with Mo Cheeks, with some people even speculating Darius being the cause of Mo’s departure. There were also the issues of drug use. All in all this guy is just a big dissapointment. The question then is one we put in front of you , the people; What do the Blazers do with this guy? we’ll run down the options
Option # 1: Retirement (The Preferred Option)
Darius’ contract is up in 2010. He is guranteed $50 million, 18 million of that being payed over the next two years. If he were to retire now, he would receive the full 18 million, but most importantly that would give the Blazers salary cap relief that might turn into them signing a high caliber player in the off season
Option 2: Keep on Trucking (Please Don’t)
Darius can keep rehabbing, keep working out, and keep dreaming. While Darius says he can play his trainers say otherwise. But who knows. Maybe the guy sheds the weight, gets back to the game of basketball, and shocks us all. We just don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Option #3: Find a sucker
There are also a lot of options concerning the trade market. The only thing is who wants a injured, aging player whose contract is more bloated than Elvis’ face circa 1977.
So, those are some of the things the Blazers can do with Darius. What do you guys think?