http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wir...stephen_curry/Blazers Covet Stephen Curry
The Blazers are "nosing around" to see if they can trade up from their 24th pick and choose Davidson's Stephen Curry.
Curry is a point guard whose main weapon is his jumper. Therefore the thinking is that he would be a good fit next to a ball-handling wing such as Brandon Roy.
I think Curry would actually be a great fit as a long-term solution at PG for the Blazers. He's not as good defensively as they'd probably like, but he's good enough to help Roy out with the ball-handling and PG duties while not needing the ball in his hands to be at his best.
The question then becomes how do they get him. I figure they need to get up to at least #8. Assuming they won't give up Roy, Fernandez, Aldridge, or Oden, how are they going to get there?
Washington is looking to trade, but I don't think Portland's excess talent is a fit for their roster. Minnesota and Golden State are in similar situations.
I think the best fit is New York.
Here's the trade I think would fit for both teams:
Portland trades Jerryd Bayless, Travis Outlaw, and #24
New York trades #8 and Jared Jeffries.
Why for Portland?
You add the piece that quite possibly completes a contender-level starting lineup for years to come: Curry, Roy, Batum, Aldridge, Oden. You jettison two talented players, but they're players who don't really fit with your future plans.
Why for New York?
You get two young players who are seemingly good fits for D'Antoni's system and that represent a huge net talent increase over Jared Jefferies. You also get another $3.5 million in 2010 cap space.
p.s. I'm sure this should be in the trade forum, but I was hoping this would generate a bit more discussion than posts there traditionally do.