Thursday, January 7, 2010

Miller Trade

With today's news of Andre Miller and Nate getting into a shouting match, I just began thinking of possible trade possibilities. What do you think about this?

Blazers get:
Caron Butler
Raymond Felton (expiring contract, so we get him on a test run type basis)
Brenden Haywood (expiring contract, so a stop gap at the C position until next year, and possibly a leg up on resigning him if przy opts out)

Washington Gets:
Andre Miller (A cheap fill in for an absent Gilbert Arenas, and a good player who worse case, they have for one more year)
Travis Outlaw (expiring contract, saves them 3.5 mil next year by getting out from Caron butler's contract)
Martell Webster (a cheap fill in for Caron Butler, still has potential to be a great NBA player)

Charlotte Gets:
Steve Blake (expiring deal close to what Felton makes)
Nicolas Batum (A player they wanted very badly, and was the deal breaker in a Gerald Wallace deal last year)

Why the blazers do it:
Caron butler finally gives the blazers a consistant reliable 3rd (sometimes 2nd) scoring option. Also a very solid parimeter defender. Granted we lose all of our backup 3's, but cunningham can fill spot minutes there this year along with Rudy and roy. We bring over Victor Claver next season from Spain, and start grooming him as a backup 3......or we use our mid-level exemption next year to sign matt barnes to a deal to be our backup 3. It clears that log jam, and allows us to get more role players. We get a free look at Felton at the PG to see if he is the answer, if not, no big deal, we cut bait and find someone else, or worst case resign blake after the season. Why not?