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Clownzano: "Forget Millsap and go after Lamar Odom"

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Most Widely Reviled Portland hype-monger and provocateur John Canzano advocates that the Blazers' brain trust make a pitch for LO now that dirt has been thrown on the Millsap deal. Odds are still no better than 50-50 that PDX will approach him, in my estimation, age and available minutes being the chief factors.... ================== (excerpt) * * * He's tough. He's versatile. He's a winner. And he fits Portland's lineup perfectly, which is why owner Paul Allen should green light the move today to make him the next Trail Blazer. If there's a bonus to losing Millsap a week after making him that explosive offer, it's that the Jazz didn't drag this waiting-period out any longer than it needed to go. Early Thursday the Jazz asked for a one-day extension from the NBA to match Millsap's offer. But by the close of business, the team announced it had searched between the seat cushions and come up with enough cash to match the Blazers offer. While the Blazers were fitting Millsap for his new uniform, and picking him out a locker, Odom's negotiations with the Lakers broke down. And that ends up as close to good fate as we've seen around here in a summer that feels so dismal that when draft pick Patrick Mills broke his foot people said, "figures." The Lakers offered Odom a three-year, $27 million contract. It's not enough. Odom wants more years, and Portland can offer just that. Which is why Pritchard should stop reading this column and pick up the telephone now to close a deal with Camp Odom. I know there's friction on the court between LaMarcus Aldridge and Odom. But this is show business, not show friends. If Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest can find love in the name of winning, then so can Aldridge and Odom. * * *

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