Travis Diener To Sign With Portland Trail Blazers; Takes Our Jobs

Typically NBA roster moves go unreported here at your favorite D-League hangout.

Typically they don't involve Travis Diener taking a Portland Trail Blazers job (reported by Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter) that I'd all but anointed as Will Conroy's next NBA stop.

I know, I know, it's their 15th man, it doesn't really matter. But it does matter.  It's still real to me, dammit!   And on that same note, since it's the 15th man, would it have been so bad to give a local kid busting his ass in the D-League a chance?

Seriously, though. In the month of February (five games due to a call-up with Houston and the all-star break), Will Conroy AVERAGED A TRIPLE-DOUBLE with 19.6 points, 14 assists and 10.4 rebounds while shooting 66% from the field and 53% from beyond the arc.

And before you come back with a 'Well, I'm sure Diener could do that in the D-League' I'd like to point out that Diener has played in just four games this season, averaging a sparkling .8 points, 1 assist, and 0 turnovers in 6.3 minutes per game. He last saw game action on February 6th against the Detroit Pistons. Diener has battled a toe injury that required surgery in November.

He took our job.  With the likes of Mark Blount and Michael Finley also being bought out today, you may as well plan for at least two more of these posts.

For more reasonable analysis, please check out BlazersEdge. Ben is much more optimistic about this move than I am.

Oh, last note. I checked with Google. Searching "Travis Diener sucks" brought back nine results. The same search with Will Conroy inserted brought back ZERO results.  So there's that.

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