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Batum projects way better then Iguodola

Let’s see: Batum is 23 and put up these numbers last year: 14 ppg, 5 rbg, 1 apg, 1bspg, 1spg shooting .451, .391 and .836 in 30 mpg while often not starting Iguodola is 28 and put up these numbers last year: 12 ppg, 6rpg, 5.5apg, .5 bpg, 2spg shooting .454, 394, and .617 in 36 mpg while starting in a defined role The Blazers would want to make this trade why???? Why would you pay 4 million dollars more per year for a guy 5 years older when the two guys have comparable stats? Other than the assists per game there is not negligible difference in their stats. Batum averaged more points per game in 6 less minutes and this was often with Felton and Crawford freezing him out! They both average around the same amount of rebounds. Their shooting percentages are almost the same from the floor, but it should be noted that Iguodola is a .331 career 3 pt shooter. Anyone who understands career projections knows that Iguodola’s stats will trend downward for the rest of his career while Batum’s will trend upward for the next five years. Suprised at those who want to try to make this happen. So glad that Olshay has come out and flat out said we will not execute a sign and trade. Sorry for those of you who don’t like Batum but he is going to be a Blazer for at least the next four years. The piece that people are missing is that we have to pay more for the same player then the Miami’s, LA’s and Boston’s of the world because we cannot get players to come here. Thus overpaying for Batum and Hibbert. That being said there is no reason to believe that Batum, given a 36 mpg role that is clearly defined will not step up into a 19ppg, 7rpg, 2apg, 1.5 bpg, 2 spg with above average shooting percentages type of player over the next four years. That combined with his above average defense and his versatility to be able to play and defend four positions is worthy of an 11 mil a year contract.
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