From Chad Ford’s ESPN Daily Dime Chat, in responding to a question about getting Chris Bosh in a sign-and-trade for LaMarcus Aldridge:
But you do bring up an interesting point about Aldridge. I keep hearing he’s out there. The Blazers offered Aldridge to the Nets for Derrick Favors and Devin Harris during the draft. Looks like he’s in play.
Yet another aggressive move the Blazers tried to make during the draft. What do you think of the deal? This is one I’d have to think about for awhile, but it’s definitely a move to consider — especially if, like me, you thought Favors would be a great fit next to a center like Brook Lopez. If you think that, it’s tough not to think the same of a Favors-Oden pairing.
Now that I’ve had the chance to think about this deal, it’s one Portland makes and New Jersey says no to first — hence the offer and rebuke. Harris is incredibly affordable at $27 million over the next three years, and the chance for Favors to develop with all that talent around him is a nice situation. Risks like these can be the difference between years of second-round exits with a few appearances in the Conference Finals, and going to the NBA Final multiple times.