The Trailblazers are looking to get additional first round picks while dangling Jarrett Jack and their high 2's. Although Jack is more of a combo guard, that wouldn't necessarily work against him in this offense.
The small deal would be Jack, #33 and cash for #18.
The bigger deal:
Daniels (6.2) Etan (6.8) #18 and #47 for
Jarret Jack (2M) Raef LaFrentz (12.7) #33 and #36 (and cash, always ask the Blazers for cash).
Why The Wiz:
Jack brings more scoring to the backup PG spot, something we could have used versus Cleveland. He's also capable of defending either guard spot. If he was forced to start he could hold his own. he could also play next to Arenas, a combo of combo guards.
Lafrentz is in the last year of his deal, finally. So thats a 12.7M expiring contract to either let expire or move at the trade deadline. This also gets us out from under the last year of AD and Etan's contracts, the 09/10 savings being 12.1M in salary (14.9 minus Jack's 2.8 in 2009). The team also gets 2 players that would not have been available at #47. (Weaver, Omer Asik, Dorsey, Pekovic, George Hill)
Arenas - Jack - (2nd rounder)
Stevenson - Young
Caron - McGuire
Jamison - Blatche - Pecherov
Haywood - Songalia - (2nd rounder)
Why the Blazers:
They get another first round pick as a chip to bundle with #13 so they can move up and get a difference maker. They also get a playoff veteran guard in AD, who played for Nate McMillan in Seattle. It provides Roy with a professional mentor too. They swap LaFrentz's (DNP-CD) and contract for a warmer bigger body in Etan who still comes off the books before they have to extend Roy. Thrown in is the #47 pick so Pritchard can still grab another euro to stash for the future.
The Wizards would take on roughly 900K to 1M on the 08/09 cap if they pulled the trigger on the bigger deal once draft pick salaries are factored in.
Why is doesn't work:
The Blazers might expect more in return for LaFrentz's contract if they plan on moving it for a substantial chip themselves. If they are just planning on letting him walk, this might entice them. I believe they want to get some veteran pieces into the mix for a playoff run but these 2 may not be enough. I'm hoping that McMillan's history with AD, they won a lot of games in Seattle, helps our cause. Replacing Jack with AD doesn't alleviate their logjam at PG (Blake, Rodriguez and the time Roy spends there).
*The Wizards would take on roughly 900K to 1M on the 08/09 cap if they pulled the trigger on the bigger deal once draft pick salaries are factored in. The smaller deal is much more likely IMO but its worth exploring the larger deal. If Ernie can get Pritchard to believe it was his idea you're half way there.