May 31

John Hollinger With An Interesting Proposal

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the Trail Blazers secured the 6th and 11th picks in the 2012 Draft, and fans and pundits alike are already coming up with all kinds of interesting ways to utilize those two assets.

One of the best suggestions I've seen, one that seems to make sense for both teams, was proposed by John Hollinger in a fan chat on
Mike (Idaho)
If the Jazz did decide to move Al or Sap, what could they reasonably get back? And should they move one?

John Hollinger
Have to look for backcourt help, and especially shooting. Ideally trade him for a young point guard, or perhaps do something like trading Millsap to Portland for the No. 6 pick and taking Lillard.
An inspired idea. The Jazz are sitting on a bevy post players in Millsap, Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. All those guys are or will soon be starting-caliber players who require starter-caliber money and minutes. Maybe the Jazz can make it work, but that's a lot of resources tied up at one position. I think, if you're the Jazz, you feel good about an opportunity to save some cash and address a position of need while clearing a logjam. As worth noting that Weber State, where Lillard played his college ball, is in Ogden, UT.

From Portland's perspective, you get a big man you've liked for a while to pair with LaMarcus Aldridge. If the goal is to get back to being competitive in a hurry, trading a pick and maybe a player for a borderline all-star who, again, fills a position of need seems like a great deal. It would cut into Portland's cap space, but I think you live with it for a player of Millsap's quality.

A few other choice Trail Blazers tidbits from Hollinger's chat today.
Tim (San Diego)
If Portland has two high picks. Trade them to the Bobcats for the #2? MJ is a gambler and a bad one at that. Possibility?

John Hollinger
Not happening. Rich Cho is in charge of those decisions now and he's not going to trade a blue chip for two reds. The Blazers most likely path is to trade at least one of the picks for a current player, although they may use one on a point guard like Damian Lillard.
For what it's worth, I don't think we'd do that deal either. I'm not sure the second-best player in this draft is worth more than No. 6 and No. 11. Doesn't strike me as a particularly effective use of assets, unless of course you think whoever gets taken second is a sure-fire all-star.
Peter (Phx)
If Nash wants to leave, do you think the suns can do a sign and trade for him? Would portland be willing to give both raymond Felton and one of their picks for Nash??

John Hollinger
Portland is under the cap and wouldn't need to do a sign-and-trade, there's really no advantage for them to do one. Also, the draft is before free agency, so they can't do a deal like that using this year's picks. The main benefit to sign-and-trade is if the Blazers (or another team) is already at the cap, and have a player the Suns would want in return.
There are about four different reason why this scenario makes no sense for the Trail Blazers, and Hollinger addresses the most important two. Ain't happening.


  1. I wouldn't necessarily argue on Milsap, but would that put LMA a center. Or would Milsap be the post up player that he is good at and leave LMA on the high post for outside shooting.
    I don't like the other scenarios,

    by Hg on 5/31/2012 9:54 AM
  2. Anyone wanna tell that guy we already have 2 starter quality Power Forwards? Why do we need 3 PF's? I am strongly opposed.

    by Nicolas Johnson on 5/31/2012 3:36 PM
  3. We don't have two starting quality power forwards. Hickson don't meet that criteria, and Aldridge plays his best basketball, statistically, at center. A guy like Millsap does all the things LA doesn't.

    by caseyholdahl on 5/31/2012 10:27 AM
  4. Interesting possibilities, thanks for the column. I, like alot of BLazers fans I"m guessing, feel a bit defeated and exhausted over all the went on this year. I think we all need something to get us excited again. You're crazy if you think the guys we've drafted recently are going to provide us with that. Even a guy like Elliot Williams doesn't instill much confidence that he's going to pan out. We also have a inflated view on what Batum does and I think we can possibly find a better option at PG in a trade for him. I like the idea of trading a pick, maybe trading back with a team with more pressing needs and picking up a power forward like Royce White later in the first round. I like the idea of getting a big/center with the 6th pick and going after a guy like Joe Johnson in free agency -- a proven star that can give us a little B-Roy moment or two. With a young center, LA, White, Joe Johnson, and veteran PG I would feel a lot better about where this team is heading. Thoughts??

    by jmarkus15 on 5/31/2012 10:30 AM
  5. I don't think Hickson will come back to the team anyways. He only played well because he forced LaMarcus to 5. Then LMA was out for the season, which only gave JJ even more minutes. He is a starting caliber PF, therefore we can't waste the huge sum of money that will be required to keep him while we have an all-star PF on our roster. Same reason why I would have to say a very difficult "no" on Millsap.

    by Choong Huh on 5/31/2012 10:35 AM
  6. LMA at center? i think the trade brings us nastiness at pf, but LA is no center (hurt by bynum howard hibber, eventually mcgee, cousins) Not sure how well itd work, and milsap paid too much for a backup (millsap no center at 6ft 8) itd be better if we throw another asset and attempt to grab al jefferson

    by jamsmashers on 5/31/2012 10:38 AM
  7. -dragic, mathews batum LA jefferson =D gotta love that

    by jamsmashers on 5/31/2012 10:41 AM
  8. @ Casey, well said :) Definitely see where others r coming from though. IF Utah isn't 2 bitter to deal w/ us these days (I really don't know how much daydreaming this is even w/ this "speculation;" this is why I haven't already proposed that we make a deal that nets Kanter & either Millsap or Jefferson; the LEAST likely & what I'd LOVE MOST is IF we could get Kanter AND Favors! :) Kanter is a different kind of big (Blazers style of play is quite a bit different v. the w/ Ibaka Blazers BUT our team is STILL gonna b JUST as awesome/dominant!) v. the type that I've been pushing for (Ibaka). Also, DON'T DRAFT A PG in the draft! ALL of them will take too much time to bring around AND they're ALL too risky in 1 way or another; we either get a pg from FA or via trade, period (w/ what I've said, it's a given that I'm saying "let" Felton walk ;).

    by Simpson on 5/31/2012 10:59 AM
  9. Let's see those stats. Considering Aldridge has only played center when a SF has been playing the 4, saying his numbers are better as a C is pretty weak. Except for a handful of minutes with Hickson this year, LA has NEVER played center with a legitimate PF (no offense to the Rhino).

    While I agree that Hickson isn't the same caliber as Millsap, resigning him and using him at PF while still keeping the 6 pick seems to be at least a debatable alernative.

    by pdxsportsfan on 5/31/2012 10:54 AM
  10. @jmarkus15 that's a good possibility having three all stars with white and a decent young center along with the three all stars: la, Johnson, and that veteran pg. we would definitely be a western conference finals contender, but I think it would take a little time for those players to get used to each other playing together. Just like Gerald took some time to start to do good.

    by Zgil24 on 5/31/2012 11:58 AM
  11. @Casey How is Hickson not a starter quality PF?

    by Nicolas Johnson on 5/31/2012 3:35 PM
  12. Nicolas: Because I'm not about to let 20 games in a lost season in a contract year define my opinion of a guy. I haven't seen it. Maybe he is.

    by caseyholdahl on 5/31/2012 3:46 PM
  13. Is everyone forgetting that we probably won't see the same LMA we saw last year? Guaranteed he is gaining some muscle mass and working even more on his interior game over the summer. I would love to see him play some center next year.

    by Andy Blacksmith on 5/31/2012 7:08 PM
  14. LaMarcus mentioned that he liked Milsap and Indiana's Amundsen. I think Amundsen is a great pickup without breaking the bank. JJ Hickson is a keeper. The age of the true center is in decline. We need a Dennis Rodman type post player that is a rebounding fool

    by riverman on 6/2/2012 2:45 PM
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