It has been several weeks since Jason Quick mentioned this and it's starting to grow on me. Quick revealed that the Houston staff was eating dinner in Vegas last summer, he just happened to be within earshot. He said that the staff just bagged on Battier's game endlessly.
If a switch is made at PG to an offensive PG, then I think that the natural switch at SF is to get a premier defender. Guys that can guard Kobe, LaBron, Carmelo, Jefferson and others. I'd like Webster or Outlaw to be that guy, but I think that Battier would fit nicely.
Houston gave up the #8 pick (Rudy Gay) and Stromile Swift for Battier. Would the #13 and LaFrentz's contract be worth it. (I know that Houston would have to throw in a salary to match)
Is Battier the type of player Portland needs and is this even close to enough to give Houston to get him?
Tried to make it work.
Battier (5.8) and Bobby Jackson (5.6 expiring) and Houston's 2.3 million exception for LaFrentz (12.4), Jack(1.2) and the #13. Works if I did it right. Obviously if Portland got these players and the exception, another trade would be down the road. Maybe a week later when free-agents are "free".
PS Maybe I should be clear. I'm not advocating that this move be done, I'm just trying to come up with possible ways to look at things. Jack would replace Jackson in the rotation, but do they need a combo guard? Wow, they have a lot of PG's. Did they get Jackson to let his contract expire? If so would they be more interested in a large salary dump?