As previously referenced, the Fakers are looking at a world of cap hurt next season if they sign Howard and keep Pau Gasol. They are looking at paying out roughly 85 million in cap penalties. Therefore the Fakers may be highly motivated to find a trading partner or even use amnesty on Gasol.
The Blazers will be lucky to get pennies on the dollar for Hickson in a sign and trade because teams can just sign him outright. Maybe Los Angeles is enticed by matching two of the top five rebounders in the league in Howard and Hickson side by side, getting cap relief and not just letting Gasol go for nothing.
I know many Blazer fans will cringe at helping the hated Fake show but it truly is a win-win scenario. Sign Hickson to a generous contract, maybe throw in Freeland and then absorb the rest of Gasol's contract with the remaining cap space. Now if numbers don't work, I'm open to alternatives. I am definitely open to the idea of making a high bid for Pau if he hits the amnesty waiver wire. Gasol is a perfect fit in Stotts offense and a perfect example for Meyers. You can then draft a defensive big like Dieng or Adams. Hopefully you can have something left to sign a Corey Brewer and then bring over the Greek for defensive back ups.
I just thought I'd throw this idea out to the wolves and see if it survives.