Standing pat might be Portland's best option

The Blazers, Jazz, Hawks and Pacers still need to get their house in order before training camp begins.

Updated: September 17, 2003, 9:24 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Wouldn't it be nice to be the Lakers right about now?

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is the type of guy who does his Christmas shopping in July. A hall of fame free-agent bargain power forward here. A top-flight veteran point guard there. Wrapped. Under the tree with two months to go before training camp.

Not everyone can be so lucky. While the majority of the league appears to be set for training camp in two weeks, a few stragglers are looking at their roster right now and cringing. No center. No power forward. No point guard. No playoffs.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer