Berger: Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers Should Trade Marcin Gortat, Andre Miller

DALLAS TX - DECEMBER 15: Guard Andre Miller #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers takes a shot against Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on December 15 2010 in Dallas Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The latest Orlando Magic trade rumor making the rounds comes from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, whose track record suggests he's pretty well plugged-in in Orlando. The veteran scribe suggests the Magic and the Portland Trail Blazers should discussing a trade involving Magic backup center Marcin Gortat and Blazers point guard Andre Miller. Berger says Portland is motivated to make a deal:

Miller, with a fully non-guaranteed $7.8 million in 2011-12, has off-the-charts trade value -- especially for a contender in need of a steadying force at point guard.

Sources continue to tell me that Orlando, which is concerned about not measuring up to Boston and Miami in the East, would be the perfect fit for Miller. The Magic are not going to accept carrying a $94 million payroll into the playoffs, only to lose in the conference semifinals -- which seems to be their fate as currently constructed.

Berger goes on to say that Miller could be the Magic's "elixir," the sort of difference-making point guard who could boost Orlando back to the NBA's elite. He also reports of Portland GM Rich Cho's interest in Gortat dating to "his days working as Sam Presti’s right-hand man in Oklahoma City."

To be clear, Berger does not say explicitly that Orlando and Portland are discussing this trade, but merely that it's one that'd benefit both parties.

Gortat is arguably the Magic's best trade chip, as he's young, on a fair contract, and plays a position most teams would love to upgrade. It's hard to imagine Orlando getting a better return on their investment in Gortat than Miller, who'd instantly become the league's best backup point guard. I covered the possibility of a Magic/Miller pairing as part of a larger post last week. The 34-year old Utah product is averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 7.4 assists on the year.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Orlando Pinstriped Post

You must be a member of Orlando Pinstriped Post to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Orlando Pinstriped Post. You should read them.

Join Orlando Pinstriped Post

You must be a member of Orlando Pinstriped Post to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Orlando Pinstriped Post. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker