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Construct Your Deepest 2013/14 Blazers Roster

Ideas for changes to the Blazers roster are littered throughout this site in comment threads, fanposts, fanshots and anywhere else they can be crammed in. So, I thought it may be a good idea to have one thread where everyone posts their idea for how to get the deepest most talented 2013-14 Opening Day Blazers roster.

I'll start with mine:

Lillard/Maynor/Semaj Christon
Matthews/Wayne Ellington/Justin Holiday
Batum/Corey Brewer/Claver
Aldridge/Hickson/Jeffries
Marcin Gortat/Leonard/Gorgui Dieng

How do we get from where we are today to that team on opening day next season? It starts with a draft day trade with the Phoenix Suns for Marcin Gortat, that relies on the assumption that we retain our lottery pick and the Lakers make the playoffs. If the Lakers make the playoffs, the Suns will most likely end up with the Miami Heat pick courtesy of the Cavs. That Heat pick looks like it will be the final pick of the first round (#30). If we keep our pick, it will most likely end up at #12. So, we offer to swap picks with Phoenix, giving them two lottery picks, in exchange for Gortat. We also send them Freeland, Barton, Papanikolaou and one of our 2nd round picks. With that 30th pick you take the best available center, my hope is that Dieng slides that far. If not, Jeff Withey or Patric Young would be options. You use your remaining 2nd rounder on a project PG. I really like Semaj Christon, if he decides to come out early.

In free agency, we use Bird rights to re-sign Maynor and Hickson, our Mid-Level Exception to sign Brewer, and the Bi-Annual Exception to sign Wayne Ellington. You fill out the roster by signing Justin Holiday to a minimum deal, and keeping Jared Jeffries on for a veteran presence/tradeable contract.

That's a pretty solid ten-man rotation, that even has some potential upside further down the rotation in Claver, Christon, Holiday and Dieng.

So, have at it. What's your idea for constructing the deepest Blazers roster for opening day 2013/14?

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