Now that we are locked in at 6+11, many are speculating on who we will get with said picks. Many of us are hoping for Bradley Beal, but his stock seems to be rising and possibly won't be there for us at the 6 spot, so that leaves us with Waiters(who is quite a risk) or somebody in free agency; yet do we need a SG in the first place? I'd say so. Our best prospective starting 5 excludes Wes at the 2. In all of our wildest hopes, we imagine Wes to be a Harden-esque player who has a strong candidacy for 6MOTY, and quite frankly I think he would flourish in that role(immense pressure would be lifted, and he can go out and do his thing while knowing his role is steadily define+executed).
Now let's take a look at the "gamechanger" SG market this summer: There's Nick Young, who will probably stay a Clip, OJ Mayo, who is a stretch to stay when a team like us could offer him an enticing situation, and Eric Gordon, who is the most talented but most question marked of the group I just mentioned.
To put it simply I think we have a very realistic chance of obtaining either Mayo or Gordon (if Beal is chosen ahead of us). However there are caveats and pros+cons as there are with anything else in the world, let alone the NBA. Mayo is too inconsistent to be a true cornerstone of a franchise, but he is young and still probably hasn't entered his statistical prime yet. If we do target him, I would call it blasphemous anything over 8 mil a year, and helpful if it's below 6 mil a year. Overall, i'd be okay with OJ in Rip City.
On the other hand there is (budding) star Eric Gordon. In 2011 he dropped 22 a night for LA, then was shipped to NOLA and became bit by the injury bug while showing flashes of greatness in between his stints in street clothes. The difference between OJ and Eric other than production is ego. Eric Gordon wants all star SG money, even though he is truly unproven. Sure he averaged 22 a night in LA, but that was pre-CP3...and who else was gonna take shots for that team? Also keep in mind he declined a 50mil contract in January, which shows you where is head(wallet) is at. Whether or not the addition of Anthony Davis is bait enough to keep him around remains to be unseen, but what is locked in his is thirst for fame and a contract. He's got the tools, he's got the athleticism, but can he stay healthy? I would LOVE to see Eric Gordon come to Portland, although not for a blockbuster contract. In theory we could provide him the necessary components that he so badly desires. This could be his team. His team. I think that alone can be enough to pry him away from NOLA/Any other suitors. If somehow we do get him with an offer that's best for both sides, it would push LA to his natural, optimum 2nd option position, where in my opinion he flourishes the most. If we don't overpay, I would love to see him blossom into a perennial all star here...but.....
There's always a catch. An ambiguous knee injury sidelined him entirely too long. Is Portland, NBA Knees capitol of the USA, necessarily the right fit for him? Only time will tell.
All I know is that, like all of you who are reading this, I am eagerly anxious waiting for the offseason. Will we make a splash, or will we float on the surface. We shall see.