ESPN is doing a little free-agency advance scouting today with the big names in the NBA Finals, and Chris Sheridan was tasked with looking into his crystal ball to determine Hedo Turkoglu’s future. What Sheridan actually wrote doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know, the interesting fact is just that he listed the Blazers as one of Hedo’s four “most plausible” scenarios:
Signing with Portland, or going to the Trail Blazers in a sign-and-trade
Because Darius Miles went back on the Blazers’ books for $9 million midway through the 2009-10 season, their cap space for the upcoming season has shrunk to somewhere around $7 to $9 million, depending on whether they renounce their rights to overseas players Petteri Koponen and Joel Freeland.
Some sources, while cautioning against Portland’s proclivity for subterfuge, are saying the Blazers covet a point guard upgrade from Steve Blake more than they covet a small forward upgrade from Nicolas Batum. If that’s the case, they might decide to swing an uneven trade, salary-wise, in which they use their cap space to bring in a top-tier point guard rather than Turkoglu or another small forward.
Take from that what you will.