Crazy-Canuck wrote:Monte morris is the youngish back up pg id go after.
Could DEN put together a package that would be worth giving up three cheap years of Covington? RoCo is exactly what they need.
I think an offer needs to begin with Morris and Porter Jr.
POR fan here, RoCo is also EXACTLY what the Blazers need. What's the feeling in MIN, will he be available at the trade deadline? After reading a few threads here, he seems well liked and highly thought of. He's also on a very team friendly deal, for a player of his caliber.
He is, however 5 years older than KAT and 4.5 years older than Wiggins. At some point, will the Timberwolves look to possibly movie him for an expiring contract, young player(s) and draft pick(s)?
For POR, matching salaries might be problematic. They have a couple huge expiring contracts (Whiteside at $27 million and Bazermore at $19.2 million). Most of the other guys they would look to trade are making around $2 million, give, or take. Rodney Hood is on a very team friendly contract ($5.7 million this year and player option at $6 million next year), but at almost 27 doesn't fit in timeline wise with a rebuilding effort. However, he could be used to match salaries after 12/15 with the knowledge he'd probably opt out of his contract next year, effectively becoming an expiring contract.
In terms of young guys, Collins and Hardaway are POR's two best young prospects. They moved several veteran players this summer to make room for expanded roles for both, so I doubt if either are on the block (unless as part of a package for a true superstar). POR also has Gary Trent Jr. (20) and Nassir Little (19) both locked up on cheap rookie scale deals. Little is very raw, but an insane athlete with great length and at only 19, he has the potential to be a RoCo type 3 and D player, possibly more. He just doesn't fit POR's win now timeline.
POR also owns all of their future 1st round picks, and with Damian Lillard and C.J. MCCollum entering their primes is firmly in win now territory. So, those draft picks would be available for a player (like Covington) that matches their timeline.
Any possible packages you see that could get RoCo to POR. Any contracts you want to dump? Well, I guess Wiggins, but with POR already committing big bucks to Lillard and McCollum, I doubt that is going to happen. What about Dieng?
If Nurk is back and looking halfway decent by the trade deadline, Whiteside for Dieng and Covington matches salary-wise. POR could even include one, or both of Little and/or Trent Jr. and the salaries still work. Plus, they could throw in a 1st round pick. That gets them out of the final year ($17 .2 million) of Dieng's contract, two very young, very cheap players and a 1st round pick.