ESPN writer Joe Kaiser throws out 5 trade ideas for the Suns Marcin Gortat. Here is his idea for the Blazers....
"4. Portland Trail Blazers | Gortat for Meyers Leonard, J.J. Hickson and a first-round pick in 2013 (no lottery protection)
The hope for Phoenix would be to replace Gortat with a promising young center in Meyers Leonard who comes with a lower price tag and a high ceiling. In addition to Leonard, the key to making this deal work would be acquiring Portland's first-round pick in the 2013 draft, with the hopes that it'd end up being somewhere in the top 10.
Portland likes Leonard, but with the rebuilding process moving along faster than expected thanks to Damian Lillard's immediate impact, the team may not be willing to wait for the 7-foot-1 rookie to develop. Adding Gortat to go with LaMarcus Aldridge on the front line would give the Trail Blazers quite a strong starting unit, making them a few solid bench players away from becoming real contenders out West."
Obviously the Blazers 2013 pick is owed to the Bobcats but maybe it could be worked out another way maybe via draft day trade. But would the Blazers pull the trigger on this deal?