I've been thinking about that 3.13 Ruffin trade exception. Will Portland really use it?
A quote from Ben really caught my eye.
"The team is really, really, really satisfied with itself for creating that trade exception. Like "beaming" satisfied."
So it got me thinking. Pritchard said in one of his post deadline interviews that the exception can be used to get a player that another team deems too pricey (Just like Portland did with James Jones) and get a first round draft pick as well.
If the trade could not exceed 3.13 million, that narrows the players and teams that Portland could deal with down.
I used Storyteller's contracts site to go a hunting.
1) I figured that a contract will need to be at least 2.4 million to make it worth it to the "other" team. So that narrowed the list to 26 players.
2) I also crossed off players like Joakim Noah, Carl Landry and Eric Gordon; they're just too young and have too much promise to be included in a trade like this.
3) The contracts needed to be longer than one year.
My list became pretty short after that.
Atlanta's Maurice Evans. 2.5 million next year and 2.5 the folllowing year.
From what I could find he's a 30 year old, 6-5 defensive SF who shoots 3's very well from the corners. (ESPN's Hollinger)
Dallas' Shawne Williams. 2.4 million next year and 3.4 the following year.
Weed is his downfall. Don't know if he would just be cut after getting that #1.
Golden State's Kelenna Azubuike. 3.1 million next year and 3.3 the following year.
Good young 25 year old 6-5 SF.
New Jersey's Eduardo Najera. 3.0 million next year, 3.0 the following year and 2.7 the year after.
The dirty big man we need?
Washington's Andrey Blatche. 3.0 million next year, 3.2 the following year and 3.5 the year after.
Maybe too good and too young to be included.
If anyone else can come up with any names I missed that's great. Or if you have a different criteria to come up with names, that's OK too.