- May 14, 2015
IMO, the recent memory of Detroit trading for Blake Griffin will give them pause. Another aging all star on a massive contract who won’t improve them that much… they’re going to trade multiple first round picks for that?Detroit has the matching salary in Harris, Hayes and Wiseman. Amen Thompson and picks has a lot of upside for Portland. Would you rather bet against Miami or Detroit long term? Given my own feelings about Weaver's approach to team building, I know which bet I would make.
Like, yeah, I’d bet against Detroit more than Miami. Anyone would. But also, Detroit in this situation is not giving up three firsts and three swaps. If they’re giving up Thompson, they’re maybe adding a pick or two? I was responding to a poster saying that Portland should get a KD/AD return for Lillard, and it would be malpractice for weaver to give up that many picks (I think Tellem would stop him from bankrupting the franchise).
Also, from Portlands pov, it’d be Ausar Thompson (not Amen), who’s by all accounts a tick below his twin as an athlete and playmaker. Minor thing, but important. Like it’s possible Ausar is never as good as Tyler Herro is now - hence the question of where this significantly better package for Lillard is.