It looks like the most likely scenario for this offseason is that the blazers will somehow add a veteran center and maybe a rotation player on the wing. I'm not sure there's enough growth in our core group of guys to push us into contender status. I believe the only way to get there is through the draft.
I think the Cavs might be willing to give up Tristan Thompson and the #1 & #19 pick for Lamarcus Aldridge. You never get equal value trading star players, but I think this would be a better offer than what the Thunder got for Harden.
In this scenario I would add actually draft Ben McLemore @ #1 Zeller @ #10 and maybe Gobert if he's still available at @19.
I would then overpay Nikola Pecovic (4yrs 48mil) and hope Minnesota doesn't match or offer a 1 yr deal to a guy like Okafor or Brand.
PG - Lillard - best available cheap backup free agent (Maynor, Harris, Collison, or Brooks)
SG - McLemore - Mathews
SF - Batum - vet wing
PF - Thompson - Zellar
C - Pecovic - Leonard - Gobert if he comes over
If we dont sign Pec then we could move Zellar to the 5 and resign Hickson to play the 4.
Not a bad group moving forward and we would likely have a very good chance to pick a franchise player in the loaded 2014 draft.