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The "point of all this..." is NOT a FANTASY wish list(s) to fill up the Blazer's website; THE "point of all this" IS for us fans to voice our REALISTIC opinions/help the Blazers FO (also give knowledgeable info/intel/contributions to fellow fans) w/ their decision making w/ REALISTIC wishlists. I also like/have liked Ilyasova & think that he would b a great fit & can be had for a very good price BUT if u think we could get him for $5million... ur crazy; his FMV is EASILY $7-$8mill/yr & I can c a team overpaying for him (IF we could get him for ~$6mill/yr... I would b crazy happy!). Again, I ALSO like Pek BUT Minny won't give up Bundinger (it's not bc they just got him) AND Blazers would b stupid to do ur deal & give up SO MUCH (Batum & Wes ALONE make up ~$18mill/yr.; do u c even close to this amount of value in what you've proposed on Minny's side?).
If you were not blinded you would see this is about crazy wishlists. have you read some of the blogs out there? If you did you would see that either we pay top dollar or lose Batum. So almost all of this "let keep Batum" is pointless because if Batum wanted to be here he would have signed an extension for 8-9 million for five years near the trade deadline in an attempt to help his team win a championship. Although the 1-2 million he is fighting for is not scraps, the situation free agency creates for your team if they resign you is worse then if they let you go. He handcuffed the Blazers this off season. I would much rather offer Illasova 7-8 million per @ 4 years then sign Batum. And the sign and trade Minnesota is going to offer must include something (a good player or two, draft picks, expiring contracts) what do you think they will offer? This is why I would include Matthews in the sign and trade for Batum, so we could demand more quality players and draft picks.
I'm NOT/HAVEN'T been "blinded;" I've READ blogs (MOST ppl have very sound logic/good points & ARE NOT just homers) AND articles PLUS I ACTUALLY look @ teamS' REAL needs (I don't offer impossible suggestions that only benefit my fantasy squad & is 0% help to Blazer's FO/fans) & THEN I'll make comments/offer ideas on the players that we could POSSIBLY (sometimes ppl may think a player is less "sexy" v. a bigger name/$ talent, THAT'S the point; u have to give in order to get i.e. less $ more unknown/maybe less talented player BUT w/ the $ u saved u can use this to fill TWO needs v. 1) get that would FIT (Jail Blazers mean anything?) the Blazers. Speaking of reading blogs... have u? So... what u got out of me saying ur "trade" wasn't feasible/not liking it was that I was against trading Nico @ ALL? WOW...! IF YOU had/have been paying attention, trying to tell ME that we need to trade Batum is a waste BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS! I'M NOT THE ONE u EVER HAD to convince! I like the guy & he's skilled BUT for the $ he wants... NO! Go back & READ CAREFULLY MANY past blogs their comments (I've already said all this stuff in a MORE in-depth manner; I'm done repeating & justifying anything to u); the reasons why most of the things u post can't happen will b found there.
In your dream scenario why would Portland get Pekovic. Budinger and Lee make sense but i don't understand Pekovic. If the Blazers get Hibbert and as you have suggested Ersan and JJ then there would be 5 bigs and two servicable wing players. They would have Nolan Smith, Damien Lillard, and Budinger. Aldridge is supposed to be coming back healthy as ever. They drafted Meyers Leonard, and word is that Roy Hibbert is about a 75% chance to be a Blazer. That trade would cripple the Blazers from the playoffs. It would turn their roster into one just like the Utah Jazz. To many good front court players, and no one in the back court to contribute or shoot for that matter.
@ BJLinhan, AGREED ;)
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