With news breaking of the the blazers "interest" in moving up to snag Victor Oladipo it got me thinking of the possibilities. When you look at the range that Oldadipo is projected in- I'd say its a safe bet that the 3rd pick is a probably where he'll end up. If the lottery holds true the Cavs are slated to have that pick and really they look like one of the best possible trade partners out there.
The Cavs have a need at SF and we have a valuable commodity at SF in Batum. Before anyone gets worked up I know there are restrictions on trading Batum - let's just say the deal is worked out in principle for arguments sake. The deal that came to mind, Batum and the 10th pick for Varejao and the 3rd pick. There's plenty of positives for both sides here- the Cavs land the SF they need (wanted to sign) who is also locked in at a decent salary level to pair with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters- they move Varejao in the last year of his contract (team option) and get someone of value in return, and they get another asset with the 10th pick which they can use to take another young big.
The blazers get roughly 2 mil in salary relief with Batum/Varejao and the opportunity to "rent and roll" Varejao and see how he works alongside LMA. Insert Oladipo into the lineup alongside Lillard, Aldridge, and Varejao - move Wes to the bench as a super sub and you're starting to address some of last seasons deficiencies - perimeter and interior defense.
Now the blazers have a gaping hole at SF but they also have additional cap room which they can now use to go after Andre Igoudala. I'm well aware of the arguments for and against Iggy- past prime, too much money, etc. However, with this lineup I believe you can play more towards his strengths and allow him to be the slasher/d/3 player that he is. I'm more than open to other options here but I'm just beaming at the thought of Oladipo, Iggy, and Varejao locking down on defense. Offensively you continue to ride the Lillard -LMA pick and roll, you gain a secondary ball handler/playmaker in Iggy and a very high ceiling player in Oladipo- not to mention our bench just got better than at any time last year simply by moving Wes from the starting lineup to the bench.
Now with all of this in mind what say the Hive? What is your perfect (albeit realistic) storm?
Discuss below and feel free to blow up, destroy, and or massacre my thoughts- or praise my amazing GM skills and nominate me for GM 2014! (I kid of course, but seriously)...