Off-Season Scenario 10
And yet another off-season scenario...because trade and draft speculation never gets old.
In a three-team deal, Portland trades Theo Ratliff, Steve Blake, and the 30th and 31st picks to Cleveland and Brian Skinner to Philadelphia, Cleveland trades Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Philadelphia and Eric Snow to Portland, and Philadelphia trades Samuel Dalembert and Kevin Ollie to Portland.
Portland trades Darius Miles to San Antonio for Robert Horry and Brent Barry.
Portland trades Zach Randolph to Chicago for Sweetney and the #2 and #16 picks.
Portland trades Outlaw and #16 to Houston for the #8 pick.
Portland drafts Rudy Gay with #2, Brandon Roy with #4, and Cedric Simmons with the #8 pick.
PG: Telfair, Jack, Snow, Ollie
SG: Roy, Barry
SF: Webster, Kryhapa
PF: Gay, Sweetney, Simmons
C: Dalembert, Horry, Ha
WHERE THIS LEAVES US:
This scenario leaves us with a team that is young, fast and exciting. In order to win, we would need to play an uptempo style of basketball, as all five starters thrive in the transition game. This would also allow us to overcome the lack of height, However, the bench for this team is both tall and versatile, with many players having the ability to play multiple positions. Horry, Snow and Ollie are all class acts who will provide4 the veteran leadership we need, and Dalembert is a bright young center who, while inconsistent at times, is a massive shot blocker who would upgrade our defense and rebounding upon arrival. Gay plays the PF in this scenario because he ahs both the size and the quickness to survive there in a run and gun. However, Viktor, Horry and Sweetney can fill in if there is the need for a larger, more traditional PF.