But here's my trade idea anyway. I think the Blazers need two things going forward: The team needs a bit of a shakeup and we have GOT to get a point guard. I like Miller, but we're simply not going anywhere with him (has he ever won a playoff series anywhere?), and he's getting old anyway. One guy who is quietly having a very nice year in his second year in the league is Jrue Holiday. Coincidently he plays for a team strapped with a ginormous contract. Would Philly trade Holiday for the chance to get out from under Brand's albatross contract? Maybe. So here's my idea:
I don't really care if the Blazers make a trade right now. I don't think they can really do anything to greatly improve the team this season. The only thing that will help this team in the long run is health: a healthy Roy, Oden, Camby, and young guys to take some minutes load during the season (losing Pendy and Williams this season hurt).
Philly gets: Miller, Przybilla, NO draft pick
Portland gets: Brand, Holiday
Upside: We get our PGOTF. Downside: Brand's contract is horrible, BUT he can still play, and we need big bodies. So maybe we swallow the money. If you forget about the money for a second, I think Brand would mesh well with both Camby and Aldridge as both can play outside while Brand is on the floor, and Aldridge can slide back down low when Brand comes off. I don't know how they view Holiday over there, if he has "untouchable" status or not, but seems like they'd jump at a chance to drop Brand's contract. If you want an even BIGGER shakeup, try this:
Philly gets: Miller, Przybilla, Batum, Bayless trade exception (draft pick if necessary)
Portland gets: Brand, Holiday, Thaddeus Young
I like Batum, but not as high on him as most, and this team often struggles to score. Thad Young can shoot and create from the wing, and is currently posting a better season than Batum and is still only 22. I don't want to get rid of Batum or anything, I just feel like this team needs a shakeup because our style is stagnating a bit. Okay, hammer away at my ideas all you armchair GMs, or post your own below.