I don't see Melo back with the team next year. It's been great having him on the team, but he is really declining and another year will only get worse.
I would accept him back as a backup bench scorer. But he shouldn't sniff 30mpg.
One thing that is attractive about him is his possible cost. If he really does enjoy it here we could renounce his cap hold, which is small, but every penny will count if we try to make the 17-18M cap space happen. He then could sit around until we have signed our guy(s) and return for the BAE. We wont find a better player IMO for that cost, at least on one side of the floor.
would be an expensive backup and I think the Blazers can do better finding a backup PF that would allow Collins to pick up the backup C minutes.
I don't necessarily love the idea of resigning Hassan, but we have his bird rights so we can sign him w/o using the MLE/BAE. If we let him walk to target a backup PF, and also let Melo walk, we need to use the MLE/BAE on that backup spot. Mind you that guys like Ersan Illysova make 7-9M in this league. The UFA backup PF crop in the MLE range is Markieff Morris, Marvin Williams, Jae Crowder, Hollins-Jefferson. Are any of those guys really worth paying over Melo, who may take a 1 year BAE? We are not getting Christian Wood or Bertans or anyone truly interesting for the MLE, those guys will demand more. So the end game is a marginal player, on a longer deal.
I dunno that Ed Davis is the answer either BB. I liked Ed while he was here and he was very productive, but maybe his time has come and gone, as well.
The attraction w/ Ed Davis is he fits in the Bazemore TPE. We don't need to use our MLE or BAE to get him here. He is also a great locker room guy who wont complain about minutes as Zach would get most at backup C. The TPE's these days don't command good players usually, so aiming low and assuming Utah wants to save some money is a realistic proposal IMO. I only like this option if we renounce Hassan to create that 17-18M cap space. We then still can use the Room MLE, BAE and finally TPE's to improve the roster.
The Blazers really need to find their SF of the future. They should target someone and do whatever they can to get him.
The ideal SF that many fans keep talking about just isn't available. OG Anunoby isn't walking through that door anytime soon, and even then he likely doesn't score enough to be our ideal SF. We need to make concessions, a reason that making cap space to sign DeRozan or even Fournier may be the only move. Hayward would be ideal, but he will command much more than we can offer.
I think the market for DeRozan could be so tepid that we could sign him for the cap space we have, and I think its a gamble easily worth taking. He fits our win now Dame-timeline and is an excellent if archaic talent. I think he fills the need at SF for that playmaker we have lacked since Batum, and his ability to draw fouls would help a ton. We just need to get creative at this point and I would like to announce that this guy is firmly on the sign DeRozan train. Realistically which team offers him more than 17-18M this summer? We may even be able to get him for 15M IMO. The team needs high level talent right now to maximize Dame's years and making cap space for this type of move is the best avenue to improvement.
Moving CJ for someone like Aaron Gordon and a prospect to start Gary Trent Jr or Simons is absolutely not bringing the Damian years any closer to a chip, it would bring them closer to a close.