What if the New Orleans Draft pick was acquired for a different purpose then we have all imagined? What if Cho sees a PGOTF out there who is used to deferring to a superstar, is owned by a team that really needs to blow up and rebuild and is acquiring the kind of assets that a rebuilding team needs. What if Cho is aiming to acquire Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao from the Cleveland Cavaliers?
First, Cleveland's needs. Byron Scott wants to run. Who is a better running PG then Andre Miller? Cleveland needs draft picks. Portland now has 2 first round picks, with one possibly in the lottery. Salary flexibility. Joel Pryzbilla and Andre Miller's contracts expire after next season, putting Cleveland under the salary cap and allowing them to rebuild without being stuck with burdensome contracts. Finally, Portland can throw in sweeteners like Dante Cunningham and Rudy Fernandez, talented young players who would thrive in Byron Scott's system, especially Rudy who would immediately become the starting 2 and who I think would tear it up in a running focused system.
For Portland, we get the PGOTF, a good 3 point shooter, high character veteran with extensive playoff experience (if questionable defense) and a backup PF/C who produces like nothing else. I hate watching Varejao tear it up against us and always think he's a whiner and flopper, but would love to have him on this team. He can play both the PF and as an undersized center (backing up Aldridge and Camby), solves our size issue to start the season (especially as the thought of Oberto getting any meaningful minutes is displeasing, to say the least).
I know this has been discussed before, but I don't think I've seen it discussed including Varejao since The Decision. What are your thoughts? Yes, no? Players you would include or not include? And below is the trade, to show that it does work.