Seems like many people around bedge are agreeing that Evans and Gortat would be a solid offsseason for portland.
1. We get a somewhat cheap and reliable center in Gortat
2. We get another potential allstar in Tyreke Evans who will be our third option, making a solid core of lillard/aldridge/Evans
3. Tyreke Evans gives us skills our team lacks. Slashing and ball handling
4. Gortat gives us decent offense AND defense
5.If we plan on grabbing a "needle mover" now is the time. Next year we can only pick up bench players with the MLE.
Gortat costs 7.7 million. Lets assume we can get Evans for $12mil (seems reasonable). That would cost us 19.7 mil when we only have 11.5 mil
We can trade our #10 pick (2 mil) and Freeland (3mil) + 3mil (to offset Freeland contract) and #40 pick to phoenix for Gortat who are looking to get younger.
Now we have 16.5 mil in capspace and need about 3.2 mil more to pay for Gortat and Evans (12 mil)
Now is the tricky part. We need to part with some more useful players to accommodate room for Tyreke Evans and Gortat
1. We can trade Claver (1.3 mil) which would give us 17.8 mil in cap space
7.7 mil for Gortat and 10.1 mil for Evans
However, this doesn't seem like enough money to win over Evans
2. We can trade Matthews (6.5 mil) which would give us 23 mil in cap space
7.7 mil for Gortat and 12 mil for Evans plus 3.3 mil for bench player (Brewer, Oneal for example)
However, many people are against losing Matthews, and his heart and leadership are irreplaceable qualities
3.Or my personal favorite => We could trade Batum (10.9 mil) which would give us 27.4 mil in cap space (remember this is after trading or #10 pick and freeland)
7.7 mil for Gortat and 12 mil Evans plus 7.7 mil left for starting sf and bench players
if we could get the #3 pick with the batum trade than grab otto porter for starting sf
Maybe the bobcats will trade their pick. They are looking to trade their pick anyways.
idk this is all speculation
use the rest (about 3 mil) on bench players like Brewer, oneal and maynor
pg: Lillard, Maynor (biannual exception), Williams (minimum)
sf:Porter, Brewer (3mil), Claver
pf: LMA/ O'neal/ Mbakwe(#39)
That, my friends, is a line up that has a first unit that is practiacally perfect, a strong secound unit, with plently of potential in the third unit.
What do you think?