Our good friend Michael Levin from Liberty Ballers sends a proposal Portland's way today. Take a look...
Hey Dave, I know we've discussed a possible Thad Young trade before, and since it seems like the Sixers will move Thad on draft night, the Blazers crept into my mind as a possible destination. Thad, were he to stay, would opt out of his contract after next season. So the Sixers have only incentive to trade him, even though he's a great player and an extremely high character guy.
I know Sam Hinkie was interested in CJ McCollum before last year's draft, so any potential deal would likely include him. Thomas Robinson has long been a favorite of Liberty Ballers dating back to his less useful days, and Meyers Leonard seems like a big chunk of man that needs a sculptor with more time and leniency to carve something useful out of him. I'm also personally a member of the Trill Barton fan club. Any combination of those last three in addition to McCollum would pass my test on a Thad trade. Who would you be willing to part with?"
For the salary-inclined, Thaddeus Young makes $8.85 million this year. The Sixers aren't bound by salary restrictions but the Blazers would have to send out at least $5.8 million in salary to make any such deal work.
For those wanting to dig their heels in and offer other players, especially if three are included from Portland's end, Dorell Wright makes $3 million, Joel Freeland makes $2.9 million, Victor Claver earns $1.3 million, and Allen Crabbe makes $800,000 like Barton. Note that you'd certainly have to give the Sixers McCollum plus either Robinson or Barton if you want to take a third person off this list. I don't think McCollum, Leonard, and a third substitute will float Michael's boat.
What, if any, permutations of this offer would interest you? Let us know below.
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