Leaving the Moda Center on Friday night: The rain falling outside, a crispness in the air, and a ponderance of what the Trail Blazers should do now that Rodney Hood is lost for the season.
To say the injury bug has bitten the Portland Trail Blazers would be an understatement.
Portland was already without Jusuf Nurkic (left lower leg) and Pau Gasol (left ankle) to start the season.
Then, the Blazers lose Zach Collins to shoulder surgery.
Then, Gasol and the Blazers decide it would be better for him to focus on his rehabilitation and not be on the Trail Blazers roster anymore.
Then, Gary Trent, Jr. misses extended time with a right hamstring strain.
Then, Rodney Hood goes down with a torn left Achilles tendon during Friday night's game vs. the Lakers.
So, here we are, the day after Hood suffers a season-ending injury, trying to figure out what will the Blazers do now.
With Gasol’s decision to no longer be a Trail Blazer, that put the roster at 14-players, meaning there is one open roster spot.
There are a few names that have been floating around as potential good fits for the Blazers.
Crawford has been in a similar boat as Carmelo Anthony. He has been waiting to see if a team will give him another shot or be forced to retire. The 39-year-old is currently living in Seattle. For his career, he has averaged 14.6 points, 3.4 assist, and 2.2 rebounds.
Crawford played for the Trail Blazers during the 2011-12 lockout shortened season.
Trail Blazers shooting guard, CJ McCollum already voiced his opinion on Crawford last month saying that the 3-time Sixth Man of the Year should be back on the court.
As for Corey Brewer, he last played for the Kings. He appeared in 24 games for Sacramento last season.
For his career, Brewer has posted averages of 8.7 points on 42.5 percent shooting to go along with his 2.8 rebounds. He can also defend on the perimeter, which is something that is always valuable.
And then... there's Kevin Love.
Trail Blazers fans have been saying for YEARS that Love should come back home.
According to new reports that surfaced Friday, the Cavaliers are now willing to listen to trade offers for Love.
Love has three years and $90 million left on his contract.
The NBA trade possibilities will expand on December 15th when players who signed free-agent contracts this past offseason are eligible to be traded.
The Trail Blazers have a couple of players on expiring contracts and could potentially look to flip one player's bigger contract into two players, effectively filling that 15th spot. In doing so, they wouldn't take on any new money and wouldn't be adversely affected by a tax hit if they were to add a player right now.
With so many injuries, trading one guy for two could be one of the best options for Portland.
OR maybe the Trail Blazers continue with the personnel that is still healthy, having Kent Bazemore start at small forward with Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver getting more minutes off the bench.
Time will tell, but as always we will keep our finger on the pulse as to what the Trail Blazers decide to do moving forward at the forward/wing position.