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7/10/2010 Trade Drawer: A how-to guide for competing in the NBA's new landscape.

Due to the recent creation of the so-called "Miami Thrice" featuring CB1, LBJ, and D-Wade, the Portland Trail Blazers as currently constructed can't realistically compete for the Larry O'Brien Trophy from 2011 through 2016. As a result, a supersized consolidation trade is seemingly in order to shore up the starting lineup by making it a star-studded affair.

Now, I realize that the likelihood of making this following trade proposal of mine come to fruition might be a difficult undertaking -- especially considering the immense talent level of the two men I push for acquiring in this instance -- yet, in light of the rumors that've been floating around lately, I don't necessarily believe it's just a pie in the sky pipe dream.

So, with that noted, here's the trade proposal -- which'd have to be completed sometime after mid-August due to the trade restrictions on the recently signed rookies -- as well as a prospective roster below it whereby the team is filled out with suggested role players who could hypothetically be obtained via free agency.

FROM NEW ORLEANS
Chris Paul ($14,940,153) {Trade Kicker Nullified}*
James Posey ($6,478,600) {10% Trade Kicker}

*Trade Kickers Can't Exceed The Maximum Salary Allowed For A Player's Tenure.

Outgoing Salaries: $21,418,753 X 125% + $100,000 = $26,873,441.25

FROM PHILADELPHIA
Andre Iguodala ($12,345,200)
Willie Green ($3,976,000)

Outgoing Salaries: $16,321,200 X 125% + $100,000 = $20,501,500

FROM PORTLAND
Joel Przybilla ($7,405,300) {15% Trade Kicker}
Andre Miller ($7,269,294)
Jerryd Bayless ($2,292,600)
Luke Babbitt ($1,645,400)
Elliot Williams ($1,254,720)
Rudy Fernandez ($1,246,680)
Nicolas Batum ($1,196,760)
Victor Claver (Draft Rights)
Joel Freeland (Draft Rights)
Petteri Koponen (Draft Rights)
Armon Johnson (Draft Rights)
2011 First-Round Draft Pick (Unprotected)
Future First-Round Draft Pick (Top-10 Protected From 2013 Through 2016 & Unprotected In 2017)
$3,000,000 (Cash Considerations)

Outgoing Salaries: $22,310,754 X 125% + $100,000 = $27,988,442.50

TO NEW ORLEANS
Joel Przybilla ($8,516,095)
Willie Green ($3,976,000)
Jerryd Bayless ($2,292,600)
Luke Babbitt ($1,645,400)
Elliot Williams ($1,254,720)
Nicolas Batum ($1,196,760)
2011 First-Round Draft Pick Via Portland (Unprotected)
$1,500,000 (Cash Considerations)

Incoming Salaries: $18,881,575

TO PHILADELPHIA
Andre Miller ($7,269,294)
James Posey ($7,148,800)
Rudy Fernandez ($1,246,680)
Victor Claver (Draft Rights)
Joel Freeland (Draft Rights)
Petteri Koponen (Draft Rights)
Armon Johnson (Draft Rights)
Future First-Round Draft Pick Via Portland (Top-10 Protected From 2013 Through 2016 & Unprotected In 2017)
$1,500,000 (Cash Considerations)

Incoming Salaries: $15,664,774

TO PORTLAND
Chris Paul ($14,940,153)
Andre Iguodala ($12,345,200)

Incoming Salaries: $27,285,353

http://www.realgm.com/src_checktrade.php?tradeid=5605650

2010-2011 ROSTER
C: Greg Oden (30 m.p.g.)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (36 m.p.g.)
SF: Andre Iguodala (38 m.p.g.)
SG: Brandon Roy (38 m.p.g.)
PG: Chris Paul (38 m.p.g.)
C/PF: Marcus Camby (30 m.p.g.)
SF: Keith Bogans (10 m.p.g.) {Minimum-Level Player}
SG/PG: Roger Mason, Jr. (20 m.p.g.) {BAE-Level Player}
C: Rasho Nesterovic or Fabricio Oberto {Minimum-Level Player}
PF: Dante Cunningham (0 m.p.g.)
SF: Ime Udoka (0 m.p.g.) {Minimum-Level Player}
SG/PG: Royal Ivey (0 m.p.g.) {Minimum-Level Player}
C/PF: Jeff Pendergraph (D-League)
PG: Patty Mills (D-League)

Now, I'm sure many of y'all will love this idea, a few of y'all will hate it -- although I'd be curious as to why -- and most of y'all will correctly slam the ostensibly unrealistic nature of such a massive transaction. Yet, even though this might seem like an off-the-wall idea, I'm nevertheless curious as to what each and every one of y'all suggest to do in light of the NBA's now altered landscape. I mean, heck, it's definitely going to be an uphill battle from this point forward, so a plan is needed if Paul Allen and company -- who I believe are in over their heads -- wish to achieve the goal of bringing the Larry O'Brien Trophy home to Portland.

Yeah, it's time to go big or just stay home. And, well, I say that "big" is the answer.

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