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The Goal: Go all-in for a championship right now.
The Trade: Three-team deal with Portland and Milwaukee.
Houston Rockets receive: LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Omer Asik, Ersan Ilyasova, Terrence Jones, Houston's 2014 first-round pick and right to swap picks in 2016.
Milwaukee Bucks receive: Jeremy Lin and Donatas Motiejunas
Why Houston Does It: Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard would be the best starting lineup in the NBA and make Houston the instant favorites in the Western Conference.
With that starting lineup and a deadly three-and-D guy like Matthews off the bench, this would be the beginning of a dynasty.
Why Portland Does It: If a core of Aldridge, Nic Batum and Damian Lillard is barely scratching at a playoff spot, it's probably time to try something different. Asik and Ilyasova would make for a fascinating offense-defense combo up front, while the potential of Terrence Jones and a future first-round draft pick could give Portland more pieces to build around.
If Aldridge is looking like he'll eventually leave in free agency, acquiring multiple assets for him now might be wise.
Why Milwaukee Does It: Often times it's the third wheel in a three-team deal that gets the best loot. If Brandon Knight continues to struggle with point guard duties, the Bucks should look elsewhere for a high-potential guy like Lin. With an increased usage rate and plenty of capable pick-and-roll finishers, perhaps Lin could rediscover some of that Linsanity magic in Milwaukee.
Donatas Motiejunas could potentially replace a good deal of Ilyasova's production at a much, much cheaper price while clearing the way for John Henson to receive more minutes.
Why It Might Not Work: Portland may want a trade that more clearly redefines its direction, although that might cost general manager Neil Olshey his job. Trading a superstar like LaMarcus Aldridge is never easy, and blockbuster deals between two potential playoff teams rarely happen.
As is the case with any potential deal, Milwaukee and Portland might balk at paying the higher salary of Lin and Asik in their final seasons.