Do we just stand pat and let one of our biggest Western Conference competitors get better without getting better ourselves or at least trying to? I say no.
There continues to be discussions between Minnesota and Golden State about making a trade where Love and Martin go West to the Warriors in return for Lee and Thompson. The stickler appears to be Minnesota is also asking for a 1st round pick. Even though I don't think they should be asking for more when they will be getting one of the best (debatable if not the best PF in the league) in Love. I believe they are putting way too much stock in Thompson.
So my thought and question is, could we get involved and help make this trade happen and make ourselves better in the process? Even though we don't have a draft pick this year we do have a lottery pick from last years draft in McCollum. Remember, we have Will the Thrill to backup Wes.
In return, PDX would ask for an experienced C in Turiaf and the backup SF we have been looking for in Green.
Turiaf GP 31, Min. 19.5, FG% .598, RPG 5.6, APG .7, BPG 1.6, SPG .3, PPG 4.8
Green GP 82, Min. 21.9, FG% .407, 3FG% .333, RPG 5.0, APG 1.9, BPG .9, SPG 1.2, PPG 6.2
Before all you negative Nellys say "GS would never trade Green for CJ". My reply would be two -fold. First, Green's minutes will be absorbed by Love; Second they already signed Iggy to a long-term deal AND still will have a major talent with Barnes to come off the bench.
In my opinion this is a major win by all three teams. All three lose pieces that will hurt to lose, but all three gain pieces that get them closer to their goal. Isn't that the sign of a good trade?
Option #2 (because Im all about options) http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=pkekdtp
PDX keeps CJ and instead sends Wright to GST. Remember, Wright had a carrier year as a Warrior not that long ago and his contract is very favorable compared to both Green and Barnes.
Minnesota get Barnes. They obviously are going in a rebuild for the future mode. I believe Barnes has a huge amount of upside.
Golden State gets a backup SF with experience and a favorable salary.
Again all three teams are winners here.