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that he expects
the Portland Trail Blazers to pursue an unbalanced trade this week.
That's why I would expect Portland to do all it can to make a deal this week that has nothing to do with moving up in the draft. I would think the Trail Blazers' wish is to move picks, players and anything else it has for a veteran player or two.
Andre Miller would be a lynchpin for that sort of a move, mainly because of his contract situation. He's in demand right now because his deal provides the ability to create immediate cap space for another team.
Portland's No. 21 draft pick doesn't mean much to anyone as far as trade value. If the Blazers make a deal, I would expect the heart of it to be players on the team's current roster. I would expect an unbalanced trade -- a two- or three-for-one deal -- with the Blazers shipping out multiple players to straighten out its unbalanced roster.
Solely for discussion's sake, I concocted a scenario that fits the bill described involving a name who has been linked in a bunch of rumors over the last 12 months. For the sake of argument, assume roster space is properly cleared on both sides. Tell me who says no.
Portland sends Andre Miller, Rudy Fernandez, Nicolas Batum, a first round pick and $3 million to Phoenix for Steve Nash.
The Suns cash a check, add three young pieces, waive Miller to save a ton of money and then proceed with the necessary rebuild, committing to Aaron Brooks as their starter.
The Blazers double-down on the "win now at all costs" theory, getting the quality point guard and shooting they need to fill out a solid, tested starting lineup of Nash, Matthews, Wallace, Aldridge and Camby, with Roy and Oden lurking in the shadows as potential wild cards. The Blazers immediately enter negotiations to vastly overpay Nash for the final pay day of his Hall of Fame career.
From Phoenix's side, the hold up is whether Nash could draw a better offer. From Portland's side, this boils down to whether it's worth sacrificing Batum to upgrade from Andre Miller (who sat during critical stretches of the playoffs) to Nash (who can make Aldridge better just as Miller did but can also space the floor and improve Portland's ball movement).
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