He has chosen Portland as a possible destination before.
All of the other dial moving bigs (Howard, Jefferson, Smith, Bynum, West, Pek) are very likely going to Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, & LA or staying put.
$11 million+ could probably get us Millsap and our "starting center" Jermaine O'Neal
Better defender and offensive option than Hickson
Phoenix overvalues Gortat (likely that they will want Batum and nothing less from us)
Freeland may not be tradable without giving up a key player as well
Gives us the flexibility (if we need it) to look at trading LMA for players who don't necessarily replace him at the power forward slot.
We don't have to give up any of our core players.
Would give us a line up of -
Lilliard/McCollum/Minimum Salary Vet
Batum/Claver/Training Camp Invitee
O'Neal/Leonard(Meyers not Myers like so much of the world appears to believe)/Withey
4th Quarter line-up of
LMA/Millsap/Batum/Lilliard and choice of McCollum or Matthews