Re: Trade Idea: BOS - POR - HOU
posted at 12/5/2013 9:53 PM EST
In response to R9R's comment:
In response to Bird-to-DJ's comment:
R9R - don't htink it's as crazy as a couple, but...
For the C's - no brainer (which is usually why those ideas aren't realistic).
Houston needs either a stretch 4 or a power rebounding 4 (since you rarely get both in one package). I agree that BB and Lee are on reasonable contracts and a legit roation players - however, I think Houston can use Asik to eventually fill their PF need better than BB who is neither a stretch nor an big rebounding 4. They have limited/no need for Lee.
If Portland decides to roll the dice THIS year - then maybe they give up McCollum and then maybe this trade gets more realistic. However, I suspect they still see themselves as a yr or two away and, particularly with no 2014 pick - would be very unlikely to unload their 2013 lottery pick when they could instead keep mcCollum and focus on the FA market inteh off-season for a new C for next year. [Also don't have any real idea what Asik does to their cap space in the next few years...]
Yeah, I admitted that this trade was a stretch, like four times.
I think Bass is a great stretch-4. He's not shooting 3's but he makes that mid-range jumpe so consistently. He can also defend 2-5 reasonably well, and that is the selling point. Same with Lee. Lee is a solid defender, energy player off the bench. Lin and Lee off the bench would help that team contend. Best thing is Lee is in that upper class of three point shooting this year.
Portland is doing fantastic. But teams that overperform early usually come back down to earth. I think when Portland comes back down to earth they are going to realize that Lopez is not a good enough defender and they may be enticed to go all-in this year with Asik. McCollom is a great asset, but he's hurt and not producing for them this year. Its the price for Asik. Its not like they're trading the best player on their team. Plus, Matthews has really taken a step this year and could become that long term solution at SG, so the need for C.J. may not be so strong.
Talk in Chicago is tanking. Imagine that!