This isn't a question about current playing time or value to the team. What I am wondering is, who is better trade bait in the off-season?
With the rise of Matthews stock throughout the season he has gone from being the guy the Blazers way overpaid for to a good value player with a shot at MIP. With his strong defense, decent offense and great hussle he would seem to be coveted by many teams. Also, his salary is high enough that it could be paired with just about any other player to get a return player of starter quality.
Now we know many teams have inquired about Nic's availability. He is younger and longer and should have a higher potential ceiling. He too has strong defense, decent offense but appears to lack a killer instinct. Since he is still on a rookie scale contract he would have to be paired with a larger/veteran contract to bring back what we would probably want.
In my book, moving Matthews now while his stock is high makes most sense. Nic is just as valuable to us now and has a much higher ceiling. Here is what I would like our team to look like next year, with some assumptions about player health:
This would require packaging Wes/Dre/draft picks for a PGOTF. We would have enough bigs if all are healthy so we wouldn't need to draft anyone unless it is a Euro stash.
So, if the Blazers are looking to make a move in the off-season to shore up the Point Guard position (what I perceive as the biggest, long-term need), which of the two players do you feel is most likely to go and why?