21 TD wrote:DeBlazerRiddem wrote:Doesn't matter if you answered that, 8 years and 13 million is a huge factor in trade value you cannot hand-waive away. It isn't just what I would do, I would wager the majority of the board agrees Nurkic has more value than Aldridge.
Nurkic was also our second best regular season player last year. Its one of those things that Blazer fans all pretty much agree but for some reason the rest of the league does not believe us. You underrate him to think he is and will always just be a role player.
To cap it off, and this is less about trade value than it is fit and direction: Aldridge spurned us dude. Straight up said he wanted to resign here and left us. It wasn't on great terms.
So is an already lumbering center, who doesn't space the floor and has limited ability to create his own shot, breaking his leg.
I know he was their 2nd best player last season, but he might never be the same player again and even if he is, how much value does a role playing (that's not a derogatory term; Gobert and Green are top 20 players, but they're still something like super role players) center have in the playoffs in this era? Maybe it'll change, but in recent memory the answer has generally been: not much.
This is a unique situation where I think the organization would let bygones be bygones.Myth wrote:You do realize that these are not selling points that make Portland want him more than Nurkic, right?
They are because the thinking would be the window is open now but it'll be a brief one. In a volatile league that's the most difficult to win a championship in, if you think you've got even in a minor chance, you've got to pounce.
Collins is also the better fit next to Aldridge, because he can defend PF's and is a developing spacer.JRoy wrote:Nurkic is more valuable than Aldridge to Portland (and probably just about everyone else).
Nurkic is a great value with some upside remaining, the only issue is injury potential.
I'm confident they'd do this. They're a stagnant, limited upside team with a top 15 player in his prime. This would increase the short term ceiling while mostly retaining their future.
This is looking at Aldridge with the rosiest of rose-colored glasses.