Sunday, March 26, 2006

Off-Season Scenario 1

Portland drafts Adam Morrison and Craig Smith.

Portland trades Steve Blake and 2nd Rounder to Houston for their first rounder, then takes Glen Davis.

Portland trades Travis, Theo, Darius and future pick(s) to Boston for Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz.

Portland signs Joel Pryzbilla to the MLE.

Portland signs Chucky Atkins to the Veteran's Exception.

Portland sign Jiri Welsch To the 1 Million Dollar Exception.

Portland waives Ha (how sad...).

Depth Chart Next Year:

PG: Telfair, Jack, Atkins
SG: Pierce, Webster, Dixon
SF: Kryhapa/Morrison, Morrison/Kryhapa, Welsch
PF: Randolph, Skinner, Davis/Smith
C: Joel, Raef, Davis/Smith

WHERE THIS LEAVES US:

This is probably one of the best ways the off-season could play out. We keep our young core, but rid ourselves of the designated headcase and bring in veteran leadership/talent that allows us to win now while still building for the future. This team figures to be offensively potent, and should hold it's own defensively. If the young big men progress to the point where Raef becomes expendable, I could see us trading him to a team like Memphis with a pick for Eddie Jone's expiring contract. The only downside to this lineup is that it assures us that we will not be under the salary cap for next offseason unless we make a subsequent trade like the aforementioned for Eddie Jones.

9 Comments:

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it although i've always hated Raef

 
At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Blazerdan22 said...

I have a hard time seeing Boston and Houston make those trades.

Blake is not worth more than a mid 2nd round pick.

Boston does not need the bad contracts of Theo and Darius. Unless they get 4-5 picks from us they say no.

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Sean said...

Ainge is madly in love with Outlaw, and we would give them multiple picks. Adding Dixon as a throw in works as well. Also, I believe you are underestmating the value of Steve Blake, the general consensus is that he's worth a mid to late first round pick.

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Kiefer said...

Throw Dixon in that Boston trade.

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Blazerdan22 said...

Ainge likes Outlaw but will not trade his best player and his best big man for a bunch of awful contracts. Unless he is getting 5-6 first round picks, there is no way he does this.

This would be like us trading Zach and Darius to NY for Jerome James, Jamal Crawford, David Lee, and picks. We will have to trade Travis, all but one of our picks this year, and some young guys with Darius to get Pierce.

Houston has no need for another point guard. Rafer Alston is their man and Luther Head is being groomed to eventually succeed him. Blake's value is also low because he is putting up slightly decent numbers at point guard for a crappy team. Nobody is going to give anything more than a 2nd round pick for a guy who may very well be a one hit wonder and has signed a 2 year deal. If someone wants Blake, they will sign him when he becomes a free agent.

You also have 16 guys on the roster with your scenario.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Sean said...

yeah forgot to edit in that ha would be waived...

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Samuel Hardy said...

Still not sure if we should deal Outlaw yet.

Keep in mind: He's the same age as Andrew Bogut, Darko Milicic, Kendrick Perkins (whom Ainge also has), Sebastian Telfair, Maciej Lampe, and others.

He's shown me enough to buy 2 more years in the Blazers system.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Sean said...

his contract expires at the end of next season and he is a RFA, so if we wanted to retain him past that point we would have to sign him to a big money extension.

 
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