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Why Parker is the best option

Parker is our best option for PGOTF....and we need to do this in the next 24 hours.

1) He's a known commodity (unlike any potential rookie we draft).  Parker has won rings and has been an all-star.

2) He fits our style of play.  Parker can penetrate, can create his own shot, and is a reasonably good playmaker and distribtuor.  Parker has been an all-star on a team that plays at a slower pace.  Some other guys that have been rumored to be the PGOTF are good players who don't seem to fit Nate's system.  For example, Devin is a good player but, like Dre, can't shoot.  Felton needs to play up-tempo to be effective.  Hinrich isn't a playmaker. 

3) He isn't too old.  Parker just turned 29.  He has several good years left (and is signed as long as Roy and LA).  If, as many have suggested, PA wants to win now (as opposed to starting all over), then the Blazers will need to contend in the next 2-4 years.  We won't contend for a title next year because Oden won't be 100% and this team hasn't even won a playoff series.  But they might contend starting in 12-13.  Nash will be too old be then.

4) He's available without gutting the team.  If the rumors are true that SA is looking for a lottery pick and change, then we can probably acquire him without giving up our core.  CP3 isn't available (not without giving up LA).  Getting Monta will also probably require giving up LA.  Even Nash seems expense. 

5) This may be our last good chance at getting a high quality, proven PG.  Unless we blow up the roster, Portland will not have a high draft pick for several years.  It takes luck to find an all-star PG (like Parker and Rondo) late in the first round.  As long as Roy and LA are here, we won't have sufficient cap space to pursue a high-quality PG (if one is available) during free agency.  Finally, we have tradeable assets right now.  Miller (or more accurately) his contract will never be more valuable on the trade market than right now.  Wes's trade value will probably never be higher (do you really think he will make another huge leap in his development?).  Batum is on a rookie contract and still seen around the leauge as having loads of potential.  In a year or two, if he has lived up to his potential his new contract will be harder to trade.  If he hasn't lived up to his potential...well, his trade value will drop like Rudy's. 

The bottom line...if we can get Parker in a three-way trade that nets SA a lottery pick (and change) for Miller + Matthews + 21 + filler (read: Babbitt, Williams, Armon, Europeans), then we have to do it.   Batum could start at 2 (assuming Roy doesn't make a miracle recovery).   I'd probably even trade Miller + Batum to net us Parker.  We desperately need a good PG and we already have Crash at 3.  Either way, this is the time to get our PGOTF...and he is Parker. 

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