Damian Lillard, and us fans, want to compete for a championship in spite of the uncertainty surrounding team ownership and the need, presumably, to stay out of the luxury tax in order to facilitate a sale.
Right now according to Sportrac we have a potential team commitment of $166 million in salary. The team needs to be under a $140 million to stay out of the luxury tax.
Waiving Bledsoe sheds about $15.5 million from team salary which means the team still needs to shed another $12 million to get under the luxury tax.
Here there are some options: let Nurkic go, let Ingles go. That would get the team under the luxury tax. This is not very appealing in Nurkic's case because we get nothing for him, but we may not get an opportunity to sign him if a team offers him a multi-year deal over three or four years at $16+ million a year (signing with an east coast team would put Nurkic 5-6 hours closer to home). An injured Ingles resigning is risky because the team won't know how valuable he'll be until he plays. If neither of those sign, then the total cap allocation drops drastically to about $115 million. If this happens then there will be upwards of $20 million in salary space ($7 million to reach the cap + CJ trade exception).
If this scenario occurs the Blazers will need help up front. The #7 pick, plus trading Simons to Dallas for Powell and Dallas' #26 pick could be used to draft some big men.
The Blazer's could then waive Hart and offer a multi-year deal to Miles Bridges, say $90 million over four years.
Much will depend on other teams offering sane deals or three way deals that are not exploitative like some of the deals suggested by pundits.
I'm fascinated by all the possibilities and can't wait to see what the Blazer's do. This is the most interesting Blazer offseason in quite some time.