Portland Trail Blazers junkies have known that general manager Kevin Pritchard has had eyes for Chicago Bulls reserve point guard Kirk Hinrich since free agent small forward Hedo Turkoglu had a change of heart at the last minute and decided to sign with the Toronto Raptors, but it has only been since 3:37 Pacific Standard Time that trade talks have actually taken shape.
ESPN's Mark Stein and Chad Ford have reported that the Portland Trail Blazers have entered into talks regarding a three-team deal with the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz.
The big names included in this proposed deal are reserve point guard Kirk Hinrich and starting power forward Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls, and starting power forward Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz.
Before the free agency period began, it was reported that the Detroit Pistons would be Boozer's No. 1 suitor if he had accepted the player option in his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Boozer declined this option, allowing him to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Jazz. In turn, this has seemed to make it very difficult for the Utah Jazz to re-sign restricted free agent power forward Paul Millsap, due to the fact that Utah is already over the luxury tax.
What is interesting is that this trade started to take shape just a day after the Portland Trail Blazers proclaimed that they would prepare a "toxic" offer for Millsap.
What seems to be the case here is that Utah would rather trade Boozer in order to keep Millsap. This makes sense because of Millsap's youthfulness, his tenacity on the boards, and his ability to score.
The make-or-break factor in this trade would be whether or not the Jazz could receive another power forward, as the Jazz have only two on roster, Boozer and Millsap.
While the trade has not been fully completed, the Jazz would send Boozer to the Bulls for their starting power forward Tyrus Thomas. Somehow the Trail Blazers would end up with Hinrich.
If this trade were to go through it would become much more difficult for the Trail Blazers to sign Millsap. The most likely course of action would be for the Trail Blazers to pursue unrestricted free agent power forward Brandon Bass.
So Trail Blazers fans, what do you think? Please comment with your opinions and responses to the proposed trade. Go Blazers!
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