I’ve been getting into the opinion gathering business the last week regarding what Portland should do with the trade market. The last thing the team needs to do is make a panic trade — especially now that they’ve been granted a hardship exception — but the expiring deals of Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw represent the last opportunities to salvage some future assets out of all that cap space last summer. Here’s what I got from the always fantastic Kelly Dwyer in his chat over at Ball Don’t Lie.
Coup: I guess we’re all obliged to start talking trades now. Give me two or three great — non panic trade — targets for Portland. You think they would trade much youth for a near-30 yr old like Butler?
KDonhoops:I think just about any trade would be a panic trade. Honestly, I hate saying this, but, “Portland, your season’s screwed.”
No amount of Butler or Dampier — and I think either would be great deals for those younger expirings — would help enough to make that much difference. There are just too many people hurting. I don’t take much joy in writing that.
Butler would be great if he could be had for expiring deals, but I need to give more thought to what else I would give up to get him. Dampier has an expiring deal himself, which is interesting if Portland wants to grab a big man soon and then have another RLEC to float around at the deadline. Might be easier to move a deal like that before this summer than last.
If you have ideas or thoughts on potential trade targets, leave them in the comments below.