We will not have LaMarcus Aldridge forever. While the excitement of finding the next big thing in this deep draft could very well pay off down the road, we may be better served in this sell-high draft to bring in some established talent to match our current timeline. I thought I might take a look at a realistic way we might build a microwave-ready playoff team out of trading our picks:
1) Trade #6 and #11 picks for the Cavs' #4 and #24. There's been enough talk to think that this is a reasonable trade.
3) Trade #15, #40, and Wesley Matthews for Kyle Lowry
4) Draft Kyle O'Quinn with the #24. He is projected lower in most mock drafts, but I am convinced that he will be a first-round pick. Mid-major or not, he a center with a 7'-5" wingspan, a lot of heart, and enough talent to back it up.
Between this, our cap space, the Freeland factor, and the recently updated waiver-Bird-rights (Hickson), we enter the Free Agency period in one of the most enviable positions in the league. Sign Gerald Wallace again, and trade Batum for somebody good. or sign a good SG - Iggy is just as capable at the 2 and the 3. Trade options are wide open, as well; while I don't think Dwight Howard would want to play here, we could trade LMA, Batum, and the rights to O'Quinn for him, and still have an immensely talented core group of players. Again, this is not realistic, but the example stands: we could probably trade for any willing player in any willing team the league, and still have a wide range of talent available to us.
What would you do? Old or new? Established or up-and-coming?