Monday, January 31, 2005

5 Trades That Need to Happen

By Anthony Peretore

As we head into the month of February, one thing will be constantly brewing in our collective minds: the NBA trade deadline. A flurry of transactions will highlight the next 3+ weeks, with teams either giving up on their 2004-05 seasons or making moves to improve their standing for the playoffs. While I have no access to GM’s phone numbers nor do I choose to make up ridiculous trade rumors, I will simply provide you with five trades that I believe make a ton of sense for both teams involved. Here goes…

1. Dallas Mavericks Receive:
PG Gary Payton (33.0 min, 12.2 PPG, 6.2 APG, 1.3 SPG)
PF Tom Gugliotta (10.0 min, 1.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG)

Boston Celtics Receive:
PG Jason Terry (28.4 min, 11.3 PPG, 4.7 APG, 1.6 SPG)

It’s been no secret that Gary Payton wants to be shipped to a Western Conference team. It now seems inevitable that his wish will be granted with his mother becoming extremely ill in California. Dallas is one of those teams on the brink of being a legit contender in the West, but there’s no way that Terry’s the PG to get them there. They need experience and leadership, two characteristics that GP has plenty of. Plus, they have Devin Harris for the future and this trade will assure him the starting job next year. The Celtics on the other hand, hopefully have their PG of the future in either Marcus Banks or Delonte West. However, neither is ready to take complete control and give the team 30-35 minutes per night. So, why not bring in Terry for the rest of this season (and possibly next) and see which of the three emerges as the best option for the future? This way here the Celts are guaranteed a legit PG for the next several years rather than being left filling GP’s void at the end of the year. Dallas also frees up cap space for next season with both Payton and Googs’ contracts coming off the books.

2. Washington Wizards Receive:
PF Donyell Marshall (23.3 min, 10.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG)
PG Milt Palacio (18.1 min, 4.9 PPG, 3.3 APG)
1st Round Pick

Toronto Raptors Receive:
F/C Kwame Brown (15.9 min, 5.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG)
G Juan Dixon (16.1 min, 8.8 PPG, 2.0 APG)

Now, on paper this may seem a bit lop-sided for the Raptors. However,
1) Marshall and Palacio both come off the books at the end of the season, freeing up over $5 million in cap space to help re-sign Larry Hughes.
2) The Wizards get a quality ‘4’ in DM allowing Antawn Jamison to go back to playing his natural ‘3’ position and they can replace the erratic Jared Jeffries in the starting 5.
3) The first-round pick should be in the lottery, giving the team back a top-14 pick they lost to Dallas last season.
4) The Wiz get rid of Kwame who has turned into more of a burden then an asset.
5) Washington also gets a true point guard to back up Gilbert Arenas so he is not forced to play 38-40 minutes a night.

For Toronto, they not only get a young center to play alongside Chris Bosh for the next 10 seasons or so, but they also get a budding star in Dixon. A core of Rafer Alston, Dixon, Mo Pete, Bosh and Brown should give people in Canada something to look forward to.

3. New Jersey Nets Receive:
PG Sam Cassell (28.8 min, 15.1 PPG, 5.8 APG)
GF Latrell Sprewell (30.1 min, 12.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG)
SF Ndudi Ebi (1.9 min, 0.8 PPG, 0.2 RPG)
1st Round Pick

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive:
PG Jason Kidd (34.4 min, 12.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 7.1 APG)
SG Ron Mercer (3 games, 35.3 min, 9.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
C Elden Campbell (10.8 min, 4.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG)

Well, we all know the T’Wolves have to do something, so why not go all out and grab Kidd? There’s no telling how good KG and Kidd could be. That’s a team that could legitimately defeat the Spurs if Zerb can fill the void of Spree. On the other hand, the Nets get Sprewell’s expiring contract, freeing up over $14 million in cap space for this summer. Also, they get Cassell to play the point for another year and a half as they breed someone else (draft pick) along. The throw in is the promising 20 year-old Ebi, a first round pick two years ago. With Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson as the core of this team’s future, NJ will no doubt be an enticing place to play for a free agent big man (Tyson Chandler, Stro Swift, Shareef Abdur-Rahim?).

4. L.A. Clippers Receive:
PG Damon Stoudamire
2nd Round Pick

Portland Trailblazers Receive:
SG Kerry Kittles
C Zelijko Rebracca

We have all heard the rumors of a possible Baron Davis to the Clips trade, but that really makes no sense for this team. Shaun Livingston promises to be the next great point guard in the NBA and blocking his path to stardom is just foolish. With Stoudamire they get a veteran with playoff experience, leadership ability and most importantly, an expiring contract. With “Mighty Mouse,” the Clips could most certainly sneak into the playoffs without hurting Livingston’s learning process along the way. Portland gets Kittles’ expiring contract as well as the promising Rebracca. Big Z had 19 and 16 the other night in just 30 minutes. With Theo Ratliff battling injuries all season and Joel Przybilla well, Joel Przybilla, the Blazers get a quality young center that won’t be running from the law.

5. Philadelphia 76ers Receive:
F Antoine Walker

Atlanta Hawks Receive:
C Samuel Dalembert
F Glenn Robinson

It makes sense for the Hawks to get rid of Walker as all he is doing is impeding the growth of players like Josh Childress and Josh Smith. Jim O’Brien gets back his former captain from Boston and a scorer to help shoulder Allen Iverson’s load. Philly needs a player with playoff experience, mental toughness and leadership ability and Walker fills all those traits. In return, the Hawks get their big man of the future in Dalembert as well as the “Big Dog’s” expiring contract. While they won’t save as much money as they would if Walker stayed, nabbing Dalembert is most definitely worth it. A future with Sammie, Childress, Smith and Al Harrington looks bright.


At 6:36 PM, Blogger Zach said...

Nice article. Couple of questions- first, dont u think the Celtics can get more back for Payton and Googs than Terry?? I know there are barely any West teams that need a point guard other than Dallas and maybe Seattle. It seems that contending teams can get really desperate for the veteran point guard near midseason, do you see any other alternative routes the Celtics can go to get more talent for Payton? Jason Terry hasn't shown me much at all with Atlanta or Dallas.

Mark Blount looks like an absolute train wreck on the court, I know we just gave him a new contract, but I'd love to see his ass out of Boston. Pierce, or is that too extreme?

Also, I love the Clippers trade. Sure, Stoudamire isn't great defensively, but the Clippers are only 3 games back of that 8th seed. The Sports Guy's been ranting about them needing a point guard- I think Stoudamire would fit in well. Great trade.

And can you imagine Cassell, Sprewell, Jefferson and Vinsanity all healthy in one starting lineup. That would be a win-win, as Minny is the perfect place for J-Kidd.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Paul Benedict said...

Zach I think you might be mislead about Payton and Terry's value. There's no way Dallas makes that deal--Payton has been solid this season, but he's been exposed in the playoffs as a below average defender in the past two seasons, and Dallas is not about to give up Terry, who's been playing like a top 5 point guard for the month of January, for a guy that has maybe two solid years left in his tank. Anthony pointed out to me that the Mavs would take Terry's $7 million contract off the books (which expires in 2006) and free up another $7 million when Payton and Googs are gone at the end of the year. $14 million--hmm. Also opens up PT for Devin Harris...I can see where Anthony was going with this now--I'm just not sure I can see it happening.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Zach said...

I guess I just haven't seen Terry play enough. I'll make sure to catch the Miami-Dallas game tomorrow night.

Do you guys think Pierce or Blount are movable? Antoine back to Boston?

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Zach, if you want to talk Celtics with me, take a seat. Would I be surprised if 'Toine came back? No. But he wouldn't be there for his on the court presence, but his leadership on the sidelines. Pierce just hasn't been the same since #8 left and the only reason they were considering it was as a spark for PP. But, Pierce's attitude has been great since Jan. 1 and I don't think it's going to happen anymore. As for moving Blount, I think Boston's best bet would be with Minnesota. They're the only team where Blount would actually be welcomed with Ervin Johnson and Kandi man. There is a possiblity of a GP, Blount, Davis and expiring contracts like Googs and Yogi Stewart for a Spree and Cassell package. I've heard that for months. Anyone who says trade Pierce (Chad Ford) is an absolute moron. The guy's 27 not 31. He's the core to our future. I like the team the way it is for now, but I'd be shocked if GP wasn't moved. If they can find takers for Blount and/or LaFrentz, both those guys are gone. In the long run, I could see the Minny trade happening more than anything. Also, if Terry starts to come back down to earth, dont write off my theory. Plus it would only be GP and Googs off their books (7m). If Terry's moved, he's move, that doesnt come off too. Paul's still asleep. Zach, if you have anymore questions, post them in the message boards so we can get other Celtic fans involved. Also check out if you haven't already.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Zach said...

Celticsblog is great. The team wasn't tonight. Please explain to me how Jon freaking Barry scores 15 on us in the 4th quarter. At least Ricky D looked good...

Yao with 23 and 8. Next game I bet he scores 9 and fouls out.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

was someone just talking about toine heading back to the celtics??? pierce will be traded looooong before that happens. if they're gonna play together, it will be on some other team.

and if you seriously think cassell and spre would be good additions to the nets, think again. spre would get basically no minutes, and his career is worthless from here on out. sprewell USED to be near-great, but now spre is basically a #2 guy off the bench with a very bad attitude. any team looking to make a dent in the playoffs would be nuts to go get him. vince carter is still young, so a rebound was possible. cassell and spre are, what, mid-30s? they're not karl malone-types. cassell has the rest of this year and next to be useful. spre should be traded to a wasteland like atlanta immediately, not to a team that suddenly has a legit chance to be the atlantic division "power" for the next few years.



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