Let's say the Blazers follow the first few steps of this round map. They played it cool this year, drafted C.J. McCollum and signed Austin Daye and C.J. Watson.
This would give this team a dynamic young scorer off the bench in McCollum, a stretch four in Daye and a backup point guard in Watson.
If the Blazers kept Hickson, that would mean they would have a pretty solid rotation with youth and potential on their side. They would likely be a team on the verge of a playoff berth.
However, if any of these moves fell through, they would find themselves in a serious mess again.
That's why, if all else fails, they should consider taking a run at Tyreke Evans.
Evans is a truly gifted scorer. He can get to the hoop, create his own shot and has the body to absorb contact and finish.
He hasn't been a good fit in Sacramento. In a lot of ways, he has regressed since his Rookie of the Year first season.
But the talent is still there, and the guy is still only in his early 20s. There is still plenty of time for him to turn back into the player he was.
The problem with Evans is that he doesn't really have a set position. He is kind of a combo guard but needs the ball in his hands in order to do anything.
In a starting unit, that is a problem. But off the bench, he could be a revelation.
There is a problem with Evans. He is technically a restricted free agent, and the Kings would have the right to match other offers.
Additionally, the Kings could choose to trade him before the deadline, and then he could be re-signed by his own team.
But with the likely sale of the Kings to a Seattle group and their likely relocation, the front office is probably going to be in a holding pattern this year.
This could allow Portland to swoop in during the offseason and land him, provided it is unable to find a more sensible approach.
The question is, how much is Evans going to be worth? His qualifying offer for next year is upwards of $6 million, but a long-term deal would probably be structured differently.
This is a gamble, but one that could net the Blazers the kind of sixth man who could propel them into the next level.