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A reported three-team trade (as reported by Darren Wolfson of ESPN Radio, via blogs.trailblazers.com) between the 76ers, Wolves and Blazers, would send Nicolas Batum to Minnesota, Derrick Williams to Philly and Iguodala to Portland.
In theory it works out for everyone. Philly gets a rebuilding piece in former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams, Minnesota gets the guy they've coveted all summer in Batum and Portland gets someone ready to help them win right now.
There's only one problem: The Blazers aren't interested in such a trade. They'd rather keep Batum.
This makes absolutely no sense to me. Nicolas Batum is getting a big contract on potential alone, Andre Iguodala is a star right now.
Batum is younger, but Iguodala is still very much in his prime at 28 years old. Price isn't an issue either, as Batum is expected to receive a contract exceeding $50 million.
As a general rule, I don't think it's smart to pay 98 percent of the price for 70 percent of the player.
When Portland comes to their senses, this could be a good move for everyone involved. A Portland core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Iguodala, Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard could be competitive for at least the next five years.