The J Rocka wrote:
Sources confirm to HOOPSWORLD that Crawford, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason to be retired shooting guard Brandon Roy’s replacement, is on several team’s radar. The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing him the strongest, but the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks have also expressed interest. HoopsWorld
I didn't think they were going to give up Matthews. A package around Ridnour/Barea would be something that I'd be interested in doing. I have a feeling they want to move Felton as well.
look, I think Minnesota fans are underrating what Crawford does for the Blazers while Overrating what Ridnour would do
Keep in mind that the Blazers are pointing toward cap-space this summer. That 4 million salary of Ridnour's next year represents a significant portion of the projected space. My guess is that the Blazers would value the cap-space more then they would Ridnour. Luke is simply not going to add many wins to Portland over the next 2.5 seasons
So, IMHO, the Wolves would have to sweeten the deal more then any trade proposals here have done. I understand why Minnesota would be reluctant to do that, but that's likely what would need to happen to get a deal done in a Crawford/Ridnor swap
with that narrative in mind, it might actually be the case that portland would be more likely to consider trades for Matthews then for Crawford. That would increase Portland's cap-space, and the simple fact is that Batum has beaten out Matthews for the starting SG position.
Matthews has struggled this season, although he has showed signs lately of snapping out of it. What is clear is that Matthews is at his best offensively while playing with a good PG. When he does, he's a 40% 3 point shooter who hustles and plays good, versatile defense. So far this season, being Felton's backcourt partner has not been good for Matthews.
Portland won't be able to afford all three of Batum, Wallace, and Matthews. They might be able to afford 2 of them, and logic would dictate that Wesley would be the odd man out. I think the Blazers would even be willing to move Wallace and Matthews in a package, but it would require that portland get a pretty good return, especially if moving them within the division