Ford: Blazers offered Aldridge for Harris, Favors

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.

Tags: Derrick Favors Devin Harris LaMarcus Aldridge Nba Draft 2010 Nba Trade Rumors New Jersey Nets Portland Trail Blazers

  • Lance

    This move would have been great. LA is a good player, but he is what he is and that is a guy with SF game, but PF speed. He is a hybrid in a way like Bayless. I just don’t think his strengths make him an elite player. He is a good player, but not a #2 go-to guy for a championship team. If we can land a #2 go-to player, then he is fine. Favors is a true PF and his ceiling is higher in my opinion than LA’s plus you get Harris who is an upgrade and fits our style of Roy ball.

    • Coup

      Yeah, I think I might do it, too. I don’t love Harris, but his contract is excellent at $27 million over the next three years. It’s a heck of a risk, but the type that can push you to a title.

      That said, I’m pretty sure New Jersey wouldn’t do this unless they whiff on all of the free agents.

  • philly

    I wouldnt do it. i think harris fits with the blazers because he can play off the ball a little bit, but i think you take a step back with switching aldridge for favors

  • Randall

    I’d have jumped on that deal like Rosie O’Donnell on a pack of Twinkies. Hopefully they are actively shopping LMA, and that deal could kill two birds w/ one stone.