There is a lot of banter going on about if the right deal comes along, do we part with one of these two. There have been other articles stating that these two players are somewhat redundant in that they both provide deft 3pt shooting (something key in Stotts's offense), good character, limited ballhandling and getting to the hoop skills, average to sometimes situationally above average defense, and disappear at key times throughout a game.
So, I put it to you Rip City, if you have to choose either Matthews or Batum as part of a deal that lands a quality starting center or a top 3-4 pick, who do you trade?
If I had to choose, it would easily be Matthews. He was brought here to be a bench player, not a starter. His current situation is a reflection of circumstance. I love his toughness, and his 3pt ability, but the rest of his game clearly has peaked. I cringe with him having the ball in the open
court, he can't get to the hoop with any kind of tenacity, and struggles as a rebounder and passer for a starting shooting guard who plays as many minutes as he does. Whereas Batum is a prototypical starting small forward who can do a little bit of everything. He might not have the aggressiveness gene we all wish he had, but in his first year as a featured player, he showed flashes that he could be the ideal 4th option on a contending team. His game still has room to grow, and his talent could allow him to achieve it. On the flip side, what you see is what you get with Wes.
Personally, I don't want to trade either of them. I think Batum is a perfect fit as the starting 3, and Wes is perfectly suited to be your sparkplug off the bench. It's just a matter of getting the missing pieces via trading/using our draft picks and shrewd free agency spending. Of all the potential scenario's I've seen proposed by BEdgers, I still funnel back to using picks and cash to attempt a trade for Gortat. And then going hard after Tyreke Evans
as the FA splash, with OJ Mayo being the plan B.