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Pre-Lottery Blazers Plan


Going into the offseason the players under contract are:

1 Smith(1.5)
2 Matthews(6.5)/Williams(1.7)
3 Babbitt(1.7)
4 Aldridge(13)/Williams(3.1)
5 Thomas (1.3)

Assuming our draft position does not change, we trade up from 6 to 4 using Babbitt, Nolan and picks 6 and 40. This allows New Orleans to pick up more young talent, and keep a high pick. (Monty Williams said publicly that he does not see the depth of this draft as others have)

Pick 4: Andre Drummond
Pick 11: Damian Lillard
Pick 41: Casper Ware

Sign Goran Dragic to a 4 year 30 million deal.
Resign JJ Hickson to a 3 year 12 million deal

Bring over Claver (3 years, 10 million), Freeland (3 years, 12 million) and Diebler (min)

Match any offer for Batum up to 11 mil year. (well say he gets 10 average, 9 in year 1)

1 Dragic (7)/Lillard (1.6)/Ware (.5)
2 Matthews (6.5)/Williams (1.7)/Diebler (.5)
3 Batum (9)/Claver(3)
4 Aldridge (13)/Hickson (4)/Williams (3.1)
5 Drummond (2.9)/ Freeland (3.5)/Thomas (1.3)

Team Salary ~57.6 million w/1 roster space.

I think this team would be very good, with room to grow. If Matthews can bounce back and Batum show his worth for the big contract, while adding a good point guard in Dragic, this team has lots of potential.

Thoughts?

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