I've been fixated on Spencer Hawes as a potential Blazer for months. The 7-foot "Stretch Five" would provide better spacing for the second unit, something they need with Thomas Robinson and Will Barton due increased playing time next season. His scoring punch and passing ability could transform the bench the same way RoLo transformed the starting unit.
This morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded SF Alonzo Gee for C Brendan Haywood and 6'11" second-round draft pick Craig Powell. Why does this matter? Because it makes Spencer Hawes even more expendable in Cleveland. The Cavs could let Hawes walk in free agency; but don't you think they'd prefer to get something for him?
A few days ago, I floated a proposal of CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard for Spencer Hawes. The idea seemed like a non-starter, and I can see why. The Blazers would be giving up an awful lot of potential for a back-up big. I would have preferred a package of Victor Claver and Meyers Leonard myself; but it didn't work in the ESPN trade machine.
This morning, after reading about signing UFA pg Keith Appling to our summer league team, I revisited the idea of a multi-player sign-and-trade for Hawes. I discovered that Victor Claver, Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard for Spencer Hawes DOES work on the ESPN trade machine.
This deal keeps most of our cap room for the summer of 2015, nets us a "perfect fit" for the player rotation, and creates two more empty roster spots. The Blazers could re-sign Mo Williams with the Non-Bird Exception, sign an upgrade at back-up SF with the MLE, and have an empty roster spot going into training camp. This would create room for Appling to make the roster as a third point guard on a non-guaranteed contract.