I don't think I've seen this discussed yet. Memphis needs a big man and non are projected too high for them besides Love but I'd imagine they need a center like DeAndre Jordan who is projected around Portland's pick.
We should package our #13 with one or two 2nd rounders to move WAY up in the draft to grab Bayless. Plus if he's off the board then we will still undoubtedly have a shot at Westbrook, Gallinari, Randolph, and even Gordon.
We could even package the 13 with a player to make room for the rookie
13 + Jack & 2nd Rnd
13 + Jones
13 + Wafer & 2nd Rnd
I'm sure the Grizz would agree to this. They still pick up a very good big man at a cheaper price. Have two first round picks and pick up as many as two more 2nd round picks in a very deep draft. Currently they have zero second round picks.
This is what I would see happen...
Minnesota takes Love, Seattle takes Mayo which leaves Bayless in Portland @ 5 & Bill Walker @ 36
Memphis selects DeAndre Jordan @ 13, JJ Hickson @ 28, Joey Dorsey @ 33 & JR Giddens @ 55
The Blazers have had talks with the Nets about Richard Jefferson, the Suns about Leandro Barbosa and the Grizzlies about a deal that would send the No. 13 pick and the expiring contract of Raef LaFrentz to Memphis for No. 5, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.
As I said in the main forum, if Kevin Pritchard can pull that one off, he's a God among men.
Ultimately it would be like trading Jack and the #13 for the #5 and then splitting Raef's contract into 2 with half of it expiring next offseason (the same time Raef's would have expired) and the other half expiring the year after.
Yet you didn't take him out after the Gasol trade?
I love that trade for the #5 btw. Its unlikely, but what if Bayless was still there. *drools*
I am still waiting for all the cards to drop on the gasol trade. If we arfe able to make some moves and pull in some free agents. Then I cant fault the trade. As long as it puts us back in playoff contention.