All this talk of Outlaw on the block in almost every trade worries me. How can this be? I've proposed trades involving Outlaw, but I didn't consider the ramifications.
Here is something Ben wrote last September that I thought was interesting about Outlaw. http://www.blazersedge.com/2008/9/2/606449/a-look-at-trout-s-fgas
That is almost a year old, but I thought it interesting. Then I thought of another potential problem with trading Outlaw.
I'm not talking about B-Roy's well known friendship with Trout. I'm not talking about taking away a last minute hero in more than a few games. I'm not even talking about the guy that bridged the gaps between several players on our most favorite team.
I'm talking about our only option at PF when the small line-up goes out on the floor.
How many times this year did Nate go to this line-up? More than I can count.
If Outlaw is traded, who you going to put there? LMA, no. He's the center in that line-up. How about Batum? no. He's way to small. Ditto for Martell.
Maybe Nate would go a different route, but it seems that a LOT of teams use this tactic on a regular basis. Do we want to match up with them or go super big with 2 of Oden, Pryz and LMA. It seems that Nate would want more options.
If Outlaw is traded, it is my opinion KP must add a player similar to him either through the draft or in FA. While I'm not opposed to trading Outlaw, it would open another hole to fill.