I've read that the Pacers are open to trading Tyler Hansbrough and DJ Augustin, and maybe even Gerald Green. Should the Blazers try and pursue them? I'm just throwing this idea out to see what everyone thinks of Hansbrough and Augustine.
Hansbrough: He's a blue collar player who grinds for rebounds and is productive on offense. Plays average to above average defense and can run the court well. He's not that much of a downgrade from Hickson and he's beginning his prime but still has room to grow so I wouldn't be surprised if he's a starting caliber player soon. We can basically replace Hickson's hustle and work ethic for cheaper.
Augustine: Right now he's having the worst season of his career, but I think it's because he's not getting consistant playing time and he just doesn't fit with the team. If we could get him significant minutes and turn him into our 6th man I think he can get back to his old self like he was in Charlotte. He's obviously an upgrade from Smith and Price and could be a key player for the future being only 25 years old.
Salaries: Both players are making around 4M right now. Since Augustine is having a bad season they could probably offer him the same or a lower amount. With Hansbrough, he has a team option for next year worth 4.2M which is decent. So that'll be around 7.5M if we keep both of them. Now, the problem is signing both players would cut into Portland's cap significantly. Is that worth it? I don't know. It all depends on who they can find to be the starting center next season.
Here's the biggest problem: Who we can offer...? None of the Blazers' bench players are talent as they are, and our most valuable piece is Hickson, who I don't think they need. I know they're interested in Redick so maybe we can coordinate a three way deal? Maybe offer JJ, a player and a pick? I don't know. It'd be really nice to get them both but we don't have anything to give in return.
I know this post isn't organized at all but I just wanted to know what everyone else thought about the two of them. Both are productive and inexpensive. Let me know what ya'll think.