There has been a lot of discussion of late on the site about dealing Ariza. Obviously Ariza is in a contract year, playing some of the best ball of his career, so the time is now to sell right. However, many are reluctant to trade such a productive player, particularly one who meshes so well with John Wall. I don't understand why we don't just resign Ariza for another 2 years, and try to swing Otto. Porter certainly has more value than Trevor, and we wouldn't be losing much, we would still have a very nice 3 with Ariza/ Webster. I could definitely see a team looking to get younger deal a quality big man for him. Denver is looking to deal Faried and I think a three teamer with Orlando could work. The salaries might need to be tweaked a tiny bit, but this trade either works or comes very close:
Orlando and DC definitely do it, no question. Wiz get the coveted backup PG and a great young big and Orlando gets a draft pick, albeit destined to be in the 20's but still, as well as good young talent in Jordan Hamilton, while giving up 2 players they have been looking to ship out. Denver is where it gets tricky, not sure if they do it. They give up A LOT but Hamilton, while showing potential, still is raw and vastly unproven. He also does not play that much of an important role, only playing 17 minutes a night. They give up McGee as well, but he is unimportant to them, and they were already trying to trade Faried. The first rounder they give up will certainly not be a lottery pick, and thus does not have too much value to them. Ultimately I think they do it, because as of now, Denver is basically the Atlanta Hawks of 2009-12 in the west, a perennial playoff team, making a perennial 1st or 2nd round exit. If they want to contend, they are going to need a legit star, and Afflalo has been a star of late, while Porter has more potential than anybody they are giving up, including the mid 1st round pick. the trade is certainly the most dynamic, boom or bust for the Nuggets, but isn't that what they need if they wish to become more than just pretenders sneaking in year after year? Orlando probably wins this trade, they get a lot, and give up virtually nothing of consequence to them. washington makes out well also, filling their two biggest needs while only really giving up Porter, who they can replace easily with Ariza and Webster, as noted earlier.