Okay so the old trade drawer is pretty full and the so-called Draft Drawer is two days old as well... Hope this is ok and I'm not "filling up the sidebar with trade ideas".
Anyway, here's the idea, and I doubt it would work, but hey, might as well try.
Give up Matthews and Batum for something worthwhile. Milwaukee has said they're open to trading Bogut now, and as some of you might guess, I'm pretty stoked about the idea of him in a Blazers uniform. Jennings I don't like all that much, but he's the mythical PGOTF. GW stays a Blazer, and is reunited with Stephen Jackson.
Why the Blazers do it... PGOTF, an awesome, if injury-prone (but not that badly), center who fits all our needs, and a closer if not two.
Why Milwaukee does it... cap space, young players. They get rid of the Jackson contract, which they want to do, they get Batum, their hometown guy Matthews, and two guys on rookie contracts who have promise (at least Williams does).
This leaves starting line-ups of:
Portland: Jennings Jackson Wallace Aldridge Bogut
Milwaukee: Udrih Matthews Batum Ilyasova Sanders
Yes, Milwaukee would be BAD... with plenty of promise. A PG and a Center away from being a good team. But with this draft, one of those needs would be filled, and after a year of sucking, a high draft pick would likely get them the other.
Meanwhile, we're a contender for years to come, assuming re-signings and a backup PG can be had. Also, we keep Camby, who would be paid less next year when we re-sign him as our backup C-PF. We're still out of paying tax, and can use an MLE to sign a capable backup PG or Joel Freeland.
Heck, give them 2 second rounders if it will get the deal done. :-)
What are your thoughts?