I was thinking it is time for a trade drawer to get us through to the draft lottery. I am sure there will be a lot of good ideas discussed below but I will throw out one possible scenario that will turn us to contender. Some of the moves may be a bit of a long shot but not by that much.
According to Storyteller the most probably scenario is that the Blazers will have $16,828,106 in cap space. First off Portland is sorely missing an elite scorer and creator at SG. This one will hurt a little at first but when you see the rest of the moves it will make more sense. Trade LaMarcus to Milwaukee for Monta Ellis. That will free up an additional 1.875 mil (Cap space $18,703,106). Next sign elite free agent all-star center Chris Kaman to a 4 year 40 million dollar deal (cap space $8,703,106). Next sign All-Star PG Jameer Nelson to a 4 year 36 million dollar deal (cap space $703,106). Finally resign Batum using bird rights for 12 mil a year and trade Batum and Wesley (I know it is a lot) to NY for Carmelo. I know a lot of folks don't like Melo but he is a champion, he won in college won in the Olympics and will win in the NBA with the right cast. He is a top 10 player... only 10 guys get voted in to the All-Star game each year and he is always one of them. Finally resign Felton with bird rights for something like 4 years and 40 mil. I know he has been a bit of a let down but he was picking it up towards the end of the year and will be in better shape this year knowing that there will be a season. He could be in for an All-Star year with the new cast of characters. Finally resign JJ Hickson (future all-star) and you have yourself a Big 5 with some of the pieces from last year coming back. Also you have our draft picks. Say we add Perry Jones and Tyler Zeller you are looking at an A-list front court for 15 years to come. Dang I wish we had a GM to get this done.
PG: Felton, Jameer (neither are elite but together they are the best 1-2 duo at PG)
SG: Ellis, EWill (All-Star caliber elite SG with a promising back-up)
SF: Melo, Babbit (Top 10 NBA player with a promising sharp shooting backup)
PF: Hickson, PJ3 (possibly 2 future All-Stars at the same position on the same team... can you say insane?)
C: Kaman, Zeller (All-Star center with a young buck to take under his wing)
This lineup may not be the best defensively but by taking the starters averages it is safe to assume that the starters will score 75.9 points a game, plus that doesn't account for Hicksons additional minutes and scoring. When you add in the solid bench I wouldn't be surprised to see this team score 120 a night. It should be entertaining and they could go head to head with the Heat.