T Darkstar's great post (http://www.blazersedge.com/2009/6/26/927015/when-does-kp-use-the-cap-space) about how we actually have one full year open to use our cap flexibility got me thinking about what circumstances would need to take place for us to make a deal. This flexibility could be used this summer to sign Turkoglu or another free agent, ot it could be used in a lopsided trade.
Now it should be pretty clear that if KP wants to use it in a trade then he is sitting and waiting for his homerun (AKA Pau to L#kers trade) to come along. The Blazers have reportedly refused deals involving players such as Batum, Outlaw, and Bayless at last year's deadline, although there were never any players that seemed a perfect fit coming in (Richardson, Carter, Conley). So we aren't just content to spend more to upgrade a serviceable or developing player with more serviceable player nearing his twilight years or also another still unknown and developing player.
Now what does it take for these deals to occur:
1) A team must be losing money, but also be tired of it. Why make cost cutting moves if you're already running along at or under budget? No point in sacrificing talent for an unneeded benefit.
2) Have a player that is a significant upgrade at a starting position for us. As I said before, the Blazers are looking for a player that is an upgrade as a starter.
3) Either this player, or a completely useless one (ie "bad contract") must be highly paid enough to make the deal financialy appealing. Keep in mind you won't get a player like Brooke Lopez for taking on VC's salary, but you may have been able to Lopez IF he HAD VC's salary himself.
So far the Nets and Bucks have shed salary this offseason, now I ask all of you who else has been losing money and who do they have that we would want? Try not to worry so much about the structure of the deal ( ___ for ___ ), and instead focus on the team's need to cut costs and who the players are that they would be willing to move/package.