Offseason Trades, Are They Likely?
I'm a big fan of Dave over at blazersedge.com. Someone once told me that he meditates over the Trail Blazers while staring out over a lake in Idaho. Now, I'm not sure if that's 100 percent fact, or embellished, but some of the work he puts out makes me believe there's at least a slice of truth there.
A few days ago Dave went into zen mode to analyze the likelihood of trading for each member of the team. In his piece, Portland Trail Blazers Roster: Who's Staying, Who's Going?
his meditations resulted in this ranking:
So...ranking the team from most to least likely to be moved you get (roughly)
1. Rudy Fernandez
2. The lowest-tier players if included for salary reasons
3. The expiring contract veterans Marcus Camby and Andre Miller
4. A guy both sides could be interested in moving: Nicolas Batum
5. Greg Oden
6. The nice-priced performers: Wesley Matthews and Gerald Wallace (One would assume Coach McMillan would be adamantly against these deals.)
7. The guy nobody will take: Brandon Roy. And the guy the Blazers won't lose: LaMarcus Aldridge
Though I may not agree with all of the individual evaluations I think
he's got a good overall picture of offseason movement, or the potential
lack there of.
What do you think? Do you agree with Dave's assessments or is too much up in the air with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to make trade predictions?