The 'I've got mine...and you don't' scenario: Team A covets Team B's point guard. However, Team B appreciates what they have and will not relinquish that player unless there is a lop-sided deal which would wind up crippling Team A for the foreseeable future. In this typical situation, the chance of poaching the object of desire is slim to none.
The 'Embarrassment of Riches' scenario: Team A covets Team B's point guards. Team A has a very good shot at poaching ONE of the targeted point guards.
As a way of appreciating the significance of the plural, I think it would be instructive to consider the following hypothetical dilemma of a team struggling with an imbalanced roster: Let's say you have 2 highly skilled players at a single position.For arguments sake, lets says the situation is that you have a solid and well-loved small forward who is backed up by a promising (and equally well-loved) up-and-comer. Obviously, you would like to keep both players, but there is a big, fat problem: salary balance. You simply cannot afford to pay for 2 premium players at the same position. Consequently, you trade the player slated to make $11.5 million to the Nets. You feel me?
Houston is in the same situation with its point guard corp as Portland was at the '3'. Dragic is a free-agent this summer. The Rockets will have to decide between him and Lowry. Portland is in an excellent position to corral the runner-up, either of which would represent a significant improvement over Felton.
Forget the daydreams involving Deron Williams. The starting point guard for next years incarnation of the Trailblazers will be be tormenting us tonight...