Monday, April 17, 2006

Off-Season Scenario 4

Portland drafts Adam Morrison with our first round pick, Craig Smith with Detroit's first rounder, and Justin Williams with our second round pick.

Portland trades Zach Randolph, Darius Miles, Travis Outlaw, Steve Blake and future picks to the Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.

Portland re-signs Joel Pryzbilla to the Early Bird Exception.

Portland signs Darrell Armstrong to a portion of the Mid Level Exception.

Portland signs Stacey Augmon to the Veteran's Exception.

PG: Telfair, Jack, Armstrong
SG: Webster, Dixon, Augmon
SF: Morrison, Kryhapa
PF: Garnett, Skinner, Smith
C: Joel, Theo, Williams, Ha


The trade with Minnesota clears the PG logjam and gets rid of both headcases, while bringing us a legit superstar who is, to say the least, disgruntled in his current situation and gives Minny a young core, a pass-first point gaurd and a tantalizing prospect. We bring in veteran leadership in Armstrong, Garnett and Augmon. Perimeter shooting is bolstered with Morrison, as is rebounding with the additions of Smith and Garnett. Theo is retained because he is not only a classy vet who, when healthy, is of great help to us and gives us what Nate calls the best center rotation in the league, but he also serves as a mentor to Justin Williams, who is basically his clone. Also, this lineup gives us a very good bench. The bench of Jack, Dixon, Kryhapa, Skinner and Theo can contribute in huge ways on a nightly basis, and would help us immensely once we return to the playoffs. The only downside to this scenario is that it leaves us with no cap room, but the main goal of the franchise should be making the playoffs while surrounding the youthful core with solid veterans. Depending on the development of Justin Williams, Theo could be traded mid-season for cap relief. We would also have a portion of our MLE still available to sign someone mid-to-late season to bolster a possible playoff run if we feel it is nessecary.


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