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I think Portland could upgrade their PG position and they have interesting pieces that could fill needs for us both in basketball and financial perspective.
This deal I think depends on the resigning of Jack. If it's done then...
Pacers send TJ Ford
Blazers send Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw
why for Portland: obviously they get a better PG who has great handles, can dish it out can create his shot from mid range. Plus he would take pressure off of Roy for creating in the offense. His deal is just a year longer but should not impact Portland's plans for the future (resigning their trio Roy Aldridge Oden)
why for Indiana: we get solid back ups at two positions of need. Both Blake and Outlaw are decent players and would help us for one year especially Outlaw as we don't know when Dun Dun will be back. Even with the signing of Jones we're still a bit thin on the wings... If course we'd gain more financial flexibility and breathing room from LT for 2010-2011 summers as we will get close to it with the increases in salaries and the flat or decreasing cap
Be a wonderful deal for us, but I think Portland would pretty much laugh at us.
I doubt that they feel TJ is much of an improvement at the point over Blake. And when you realize TJ makes twice as much as Blake and has another year left, whereas both guys from Portland are expirings, Im guessing Portland can do much better.