As most know here on BE I have been in favor of keeping LMA and riding with him until the wheels fall off. He is a young 6'11 PF coming off back to back all-star seasons with one of the best mid range games in the league regardless of position and you never have to worry about any off the court BS with LA. He is the face of the franchise, so why trade him right?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been shy about how much they want LA. I ran across this trade scenario and it works for just about every team. It's a 4 team deal involving PORTLAND, New Orleans, Golden State and of course Cleveland.
The Cavs get LA
PDX gets the number 1 overall pick, we still keep our #10 pick and we get David Lee.
Golden State gets the 19th pick and Ryan Anderson who would be perfect in that offense that they employ. In this scenario the BLAZERS would keep their pick but I would throw that into the mix too sweeten the deal for Golden State just in case they get cold feet.
New Orleans gets Anderson Varejao who was playing his at all-star level before ge got hurt
This trade could absolutely work for all teams and it would ease the sting of losing LA because all the other scenarios involving LA leaving don't work for PORTLAND. It's do hard to get equal value for a star and in the past when the BLAZERS have traded away their talented bigs they got the short end of the stick all three times.Lee is a double double machine and adding Noel is a bit risky but worth the risk. I know he only weighs a little over 200lbs but he has the frame to add some good weight. Noel is going to get bigger no question and from all reports that you read about him he is not lazy. Playing at Kentucky under Coach Cal he runs his program like a NBA team. Noel would give the BLAZERS the rim protector that they covet so badly not to mention you still have a MEYERS LEONARD who is going to be a very good player. If the BLAZERS are comfortable with LEONARD at C and think he can start in 2013 they would not have to be locked in for Noel they could draft a two guard and let MATTHEWS come off the bench.