Not often do I get +1'd for my trade ideas so I don't expect a good response.
If the lottery doesn't change the picks here is a trade scenario.
Portland sends Nico Batum & 10th pick
Cleveland sends Andy Varejao and 3rd pick.
Portland gets a good defensive 5 who can rebound, hussle and teach Meyers a lot of things. Pick either Ben McLemore or Otto Porter and go after Andre Iguodala (plays great defense where as Nico Batum has over-rated D) in Free Agency.
Cleveland gets Nico Batum (I've heard they want/ed him) to fill the 3 spot which they have needed to fill since LeBron left. With the 10 pick they can go after a Center like Alex Len if he is available or who ever they want. They would still have cap space as well to sure up the bench or get a established 5.
Thoughts on this scenario?
oops ment to say Blazers not Blavers
If I were Cavs I would take this deal in a heartbeat.
In this weak draft the difference from 3 to 10 isn't monumental, and ifi. The cqv I'd take that deal easily. The blazers I'm not sure but varejao definetly addresses a need and at the third Pick a good wing wold be available.
Note Cavs also have additional picks to sweeten the deal if need be.
Not bad actually. Blazers would like get Porter and the Cavs would get the best available big man (Zeller, Len, or Olynyk). Works for the Blazers since they need front court depth since they might lose Hickson in free agency. Obviously the Cavs get the SF they've been looking for.
I understand Varejao has a history of injury problems, but he was averaging 14 and 14 before he went down this year...I cant figure out why Cavs fans want him gone? What if he could stay healthy!
If cavs were 7th seed and had a bunch of older player i would think about it. They are not in Championship or finals mode, they are in the final stage I feel in rebuilding. Andy if healthy, will keep this form up for the next couple of years and then start to decline. I just wouldrather see Cavs get a guy who will be with them when they are competing for a Championship (or well I hope as a Cavs man! :D hahahaha)
He will never stay healthy, his style of play just lends to getting beat up.
the cavs want to get better quickly and they already have a host of young players to develop. batum would help them do that.
the blazers are currently stuck in that awful 'treadmill to mediocrity'...adding varejao at the 5 spot and replacing batum with another decent wing shakes things up a little.
Batum killed us every single game we played against Portland. I'd pull the trigger on this one.
After reading the comments on this thread, you may notice a similarity in all of the comments. All of them state that the Cavs would immediately accept this. This pretty much shows that Batum is by far the best player in this trade and the Blazers wouldn't go for this trade.
Batum was actually averaging around 17 5 and 5 up until January this season when he hurt his wrist. Now that he has all summer to recover, he'll be around that form next season again.
Varejao, although I love his game, isn't worth giving up Batum. He's way too injury-prone, and with Portland's luck, it'd serve best to stay away from him.
Batum just gives too much to an offense when he's healthy and clicking with his 3's, passing and rebounding.
This is a good trade idea. The Blazers get a solid double-double guy (who knows what's going to happen to JJ Hickson) who hustles for everything and works well on the defensive end. The Cavs finally get that defensive stopper that they need, as well as a really good shooter and pretty good scorer. I think he would play a relatively same role for Cleveland as he did for Portland as they both have studs for young point guards in Irving and Lillard. Some might believe that drafting Porter would be the smarter move for Cleveland as he would have a cheaper contract, but Batum is definitely more proven. The question is, is Portland willing to let him go?
Will the blazers consider trading Batum? Ask the T'wolves. Last summer the blazers turned down 3 first round picks and Derrick Williams. Has there opinion changed?
I like it for both teams. Looks like a step in the right direction for both teams imo. I definitely see the Cavs doing something though. I know they would love to have Aldridge and a huge block buster trade, but who wouldn't? Building through the drafts and small trades are the way to go and Batum definitely feels a need.
Not a terrible trade idea but one I wouldn't do if I was the Blazers. They do have a hole at center, but a jack of all trades wingman is very useful in this league and Batum was playing almost at an all-star level for most of the season and is just 24 years old. Varejao is a good center but he's 30 years old and hasn't played more than 31 games a season in 4 years! I feel like the Blazers are better off keeping Batum and going after a center in free agency and use their first rounder on BPA which they need for their lame duck bench.
I don't understand why everyone acts like the Blazers have nothing at center... is Myers Leonard already considered a bust? Hes still very young and really talented so I'm not sure why he is ignored.
It's not like Meyers is a bust but he's still raw and IMO is at best still a few years away from being an effective starter.
JJ Hickson this year proved that the Blazers need someone to protect the rim. Aldridge, Batum and Wes Matthews are all in their prime and Lillard is already playing at a high level, if the Blazers want to win now they need to upgrade at C immediately and not wait for Meyers to mature.
This trade is shockingly rational for an imaginary trade post. I'm floored with how equitable and reasonable it is.
It makes sense, but why not just draft Otto Porter who is Batum-esque? I really like Batum and was hoping for the Cavs to give him an offer sheet in the off-season, but I'd rather take Porter than trade a high pick and AV for him. There was some word that the Cavs were interested in acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge, that's someone I would give up picks and assets for.
They did give him an offer sheet in the offseason.