We need size, we need better interior defense, and we desperately need depth. We also have free-agency money and an All-Star in his prime who's semi-likely to walk away at the end of his current contract, plus an emerging star ready to make the team his own.
This is the summer to trade LaMarcus Aldridge. It's the quickest way to build depth, and there's a FA out there who's a top-tier PF and could replace Aldridge.
Here are my proposals:
1. Make this trade.
2. Replace Aldridge by signing Paul Millsap to a Batum-like deal.
4. Use the draft pick to get Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) to back up Lillard.
Here's the rotation after all is said and done:
SF - Batum/Ilyasova/Claver (who could also be PF)
PF - Millsap/Henson/Freeland
C - Dalembert/Leonard/Mbah a Moute
SG - Matthews/Barton
PG - Lillard/Carter-Williams
undetermined: Pavlovic? E. Williams? Can Maynor be brought back for PG depth at low-cost?
If we want to get better in a hurry, I think this is one of the least reckless ways to do it. Flame away, BEdgers!