Lightroom: Ability to mask Radial & Graduated Filters

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radial filter suggestion
I've been trying to use the radial filter to isolate the subject then apply a graduated blur to the background. This is for some older photos taken with a camera/lens combo that didn't isolate the subject real well.

I've watched the videos on it and used it ...but find it of limited use.
To me it would be a whole lot better if Adobe could marry the adjustment brush with this filtering system. The brush is great in that it quite accurately enables one to make a selection. If one could do that and have the option of using it as the mask for the radial blur ...it would be extremely useful in such situations. Currently the radial blur really doesn't work well for that.

I end up flipping the photo into PS, duplicating the background layer, selecting the subjects I want in focus (pretty quick now that the quick selection tool works so well) and I save that selection on a new layer. Then go back to the background copy and using the same selection ...content aware fill it then blur that layer using whichever blur filter is best for whatever that background happens to be. The subject is then isolated and the blur layer can have a gradient applied to it to fade it in nicely.
The radial filter in LR has so much potential for this if it could be applied to a brushed selection ...it would be awesome.
Anyone have any influence on the programming? If so and if you agree ...I hope this will get passed along.

Thoughts?
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