I love reading everyone's post about the trade and free agents we should go after this summer. And, just for the record, I love Batum's game and potential (even though I'm not quite sure that he's worth as much as he might be offered by another team this summer).
This leads me to what I perceive to be the worst case scenario -- a lot of the trade scenarios and free agent acquisitions propsed on this site seem to assume that we only have Batum locked in for his cap hold, rather than his new contract price.
Why wouldn't a Western Conference rival like San Antonio, Utah, or whoever else make a "toxic" offer to Batum on the first day possible, rather than generously waiting until we have already locked in all of our free agent acquisitions and trades?
Obviously, we made toxic offers to Utah players two years in a row (Millsap and Matthews). If the management team of a conference rival wanted to mess up the Blazers' grand plans for this off-season, it doesn't seem like it would be very hard to do.
If Batum received a toxic offer right off the bat, the Blazers would be in the uncomfortable position of having a short time window to decide whether they want to match (the potentially over-priced offer), or else risk that they let Batum walk and then come up relatively empty-handed from free agency and trades.
Am I missing something? Is there any reason why another team would NOT do this?