Monday, January 30, 2006

Deadline Blockbusters


When is enough, enough?

In my Triple-threat on Tuesday, I mentioned three superstars that could be hearing their names swirl around in trade rumors. Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, and Steve Francis will all probably end up staying in their respective uniforms, but just for the fun of it let’s ship these guys to new locations. Feedback is a must…

Philadelphia Trades: G Allen Iverson

Dallas Trades: G Devin Harris, GF Marquis Daniels, GF Jerry Stackhouse, & 1st Rd pick

Why Philly should it:
Over the last few days, ESPN’s Chris Broussard has relentlessly pushed the Iverson-Webber strife across the World Wide Web. It’s left us all wondering, what does this mean? Do these guys hate each other? Do they pour super glue in each other’s doo rags? Cut the brake lines on each other’s Bentleys? But more importantly, do they dislike each other enough that the team will have no choice but to finally trade Allen Iverson? If so, what would be the requirements in a return package for the Philly guard? I say it’s two-fold, in 1) they’d have to get back some young players able to run with Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert and, 2) they must also gain a significant amount of cap relief for the near future. With this Dallas trade, both requirements are fulfilled. Philly gets their backcourt of the future in Harris and Daniels, plus Stack’s contract comes off the books after next season. That means GM Billy King will have a significant amount of money to throw at a free agent come the summer of 2007. In my opinion, that young core plus cap relief in ’07 is worth the price of an aging Iverson.

Why Dallas should do it:
Why the hell not? They really don’t need Harris with Terry playing so well and Daniels is milking a new injury every other week. Plus, in adding AI to a team that boasts a rather versatile big man in Dirk Nowitzki (rather than a guy with Wilford Brimley’s knees), there’s no reason to think the Mavs couldn’t outscore every team that comes their way. But most importantly, if Mark Cuban doesn’t make a major deal such as this, I’d bet my own reproductive organ that Dallas would be sent home in the 1st or 2nd round (as usual). They can win their 55-60 games in the regular season, but once the Playoffs roll around and the opposition starts double-teaming Dirk (think last year’s 1st round vs. Houston), down go the Mavericks. Adding Iverson to the mix however, changes all of that. Opponents will no longer be able to double Dirk but instead will have to balance their focus on him and #3. If this is the case, there’s no reason to think that Dallas won’t be able to hang with the Spurs and Suns (and perhaps beat them).

Minnesota Trades: PF Kevin Garnett

Boston Trades: PF Raef LaFrentz, SG Ricky Davis, PF Al Jefferson, F Gerald Green

Why Minnesota should do it:
Anyone else catch the Wolves-Grizzlies game last night on ESPN? It was an absolute joke. Minnesota was playing about as well as my old high school girl’s JV team. Can Kevin McHale just do KG the favor of putting him in a place that, A) respects him, B) will do everything to help him win, and C) won’t make him cry? Plus, what can we honestly expect from this team with the way their roster appears today? Perhaps a Playoff birth? Okay, but where do they go from there? The answer is nowhere. So, why not trade Garnett while he’s still in his prime and get back valuable young assets in return? Jefferson is projected as a 20 and 10 guy and Green has been regularly compared to Tracy McGrady. And while those guys are still a few years away from contributing, Davis and LaFrentz can help fill some holes in the meantime. And even if they can’t, this team wasn’t going very far anyway…

Why Boston should do it:
Picture a starting five of Delonte West, Tony Allen, Paul Pierce, Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins. Not only would this deal improve the team’s inside scoring, but it also gives the defense a boost with KG in the middle and Allen on the wing (a much better defender than RD). Plus, a tandem of Garnett and Pierce would rank among the league’s most dominating duos. If you were the Heat or Nets, hanging around as a 2 or 3 seed in the East, would you honestly want to face this team? How about next year or the year after when they’re even better? (That is if they get Doc Rivers the hell out of there). Danny Ainge can’t hold onto all this youth forever, so why not go after The Big Ticket?

Orlando Trades: G Steve Francis

Memphis Trades: C Lorenzen Wright, PG Damon Stoudamire, & GF Dahntay Jones

Why Orlando should do it:
Obviously Otis Smith and the Magic would love to get the three years remaining on Francis’s contract off their books. Orlando has certainly not gotten their worth out of the Maryland product and so the most likely road to take at this point is to build for the future. The team already has two nice young pieces in F Dwight Howard and PG Jameer Nelson and will have a decent amount of cap room this summer and a ton in 2007 when Grant Hill finally dies (err, his contract is up). Thus, go out and get the expiring contract of Lo Wright, take on Stoudamire to help mentor Nelson for the next 2-3 seasons, and see if Jones can be half the player he was at Duke. Whatever the Magic decide to do, it really makes no sense to hold onto Francis any longer. Push him to a contender, tank the season, grab a nice Draft pick, and fill your holes through free agency.

Why Memphis should do it:
The Grizzlies are another one of those teams who can hang with anybody right now, but once the Playoffs roll around they won’t have a shot in hell at advancing past the 2nd round. That’s mainly because they have to rely upon the inconsistencies of Mike Miller, Eddie Jones, Bobby Jackson, Shane Battier, etc. What they desperately need is another scorer to compliment the low-post game of Pau Gasol. Bringing Steve Francis in allows for Gasol to get more one-on-one matchups down low rather than a flurry of double and triple-teams that he’s facing now. Maybe Francis wouldn’t be the perfect fit for Mike Fratello and company, but with the expiring contract of Lo Wright as the only enticing asset the team has (they aren’t dealing Warrick), they have to be realistic. Plus, I can’t see Jerry West failing to make an impact move for the third straight year, can you?


At 8:01 PM, Blogger Will Shu said...

i 100% agree with your dallas idea. Being a Residence of dallas, i've had my fair share of close games with crap teams like the toronto game a while back or losing to new york. i think they rely on Dirk way too much

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous L_Euphoria said...

PRoblem is, Dwyane Casey needs a chess piece that can fully guarantee Playoff berth and only KG can do that. He might think that opting for fresh blood is a very risky option...

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Mookie said...

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At 9:41 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Mookie, get a real name. I'm not an asshole spammer. I actually have a life, thanks

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous mookie said...

U guys are amazing...I appoligize!

You were right all along

At 12:01 PM, Blogger TexanHere said...

Dallas has a great chance of winning it all this year, you either haven't been watching basketball this year or you're mentally handicapt. They beat the Pistons in their first loss of the year by 37 freakin points. That was no fluke. They have split with the Spurs so far, winning one by 19 the other they lost last second by 2. They HAVE had a lot of injuries and still have the best record in the West. Biggest two reasons: they play defense now, scoring 100 ppg and giving up only 93...and Dirk is NOT the only guy they go to. Their top 10 guys are so good you could start their bench and win 50 games with that roster. Do some analysis before you make such an outrageous claim that they'll be gone in the 1st round of the playoffs.

By the way...I wouldn't do that deal unless it were Stackhouse and Van Horn...we're keeping Devin Harris and Marquis Daniels, thank you very much.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Joe Kickass said...

i wouldn't give up harris or stack right now for AI. van horn, daniels and terry maybe

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Joe Kickass said...

make that daniels, terry and mbenga and it would work... maybe throw in a pick plus the "Cuban Million"

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They can win their 55-60 games in the regular season, but once the Playoffs roll around and the opposition starts double-teaming Dirk (think last year’s 1st round vs. Houston), down go the Mavericks."

I'd give up Terry much quicker than I'd giv up Harris.

And Houston rarely double-teamed Dirk, if you watched the playoffs. They stuck a smaller defender on him (McGrady), which was and has been his weakness his whole career. He's gotten better at punishing smaller guys, though he's still not great. Should also be noted that he had bronchitis and was coughing up blood and put on IVs through the Houston series... might have had an effect.

All that aside, what teams in the West can knock the Mavs out in the first or second round besides the Spurs?

At 3:51 PM, Blogger ET said...

Daniels, Terry, and Mbenga for Allen Iverson? Geez, how stupid do you think the Philly brass is? Terry is no point guard. Daniels gets hurt every 2 games, and who the hell is Mbenga? If you ask me, Daniels, Stackhouse, and Harris for Iverson is a STEAL on Dallas' part.

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Hey Texanhere, you're right I'm mentally handicapt. How can you spell handicapped wrong and try and accuse someone else of your problem? Anyway dumbass, the Mavs won 1 less game than the Spurs last season and still got bounced in Round 2. That's just what they do. They cannot beat good teams in the Playoffs and that's why I suggested going after AI. Sorry for suggesting the Mavs need a little more punch to get by San Antone and Phoenix. I shot be shot and killed and left in the street for squirrels to munch on my carcas. Those of you who cannot take it when someone suggests your team isn't good enough to win the championship, please grow up. Thanks

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all interesting/plausible proposals but no one in any of the front offices actually has the balls to make those trades go through

so many superstars with so few concrete playoff aspirations make us dream for transactions such as these

At 1:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too true.

Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce are likely going to among the greatest players of all time, and they'll never get a chance to prove it on the highest level, so Paul Pierce will be omitted from the list altogether, and KG will always have a black cloud cast over his career. AI has only gotten one chance, as well.

All because idiot GM's and owners with finance on their minds and not championship banners or duty/honor to their players. Being a Celtics fan, even if they ponied up and said "We can't win a championship before Paul Pierce retires or leaves because he's pissed at us"--which IS the case, barring some miraculous Celtics-favored miracle, which is something I think David Stern won't allow--and sent Paul to Philly, Minnesota, or Dallas, I would thank God that the rest of the world, and more importantly people with HoF votes, gets to see him play with talent relative to his own. Of course option number one would be winning a championship in Boston and going down as one of the top 5 Celtics of all time--which some are sure of.

I want very little from the NBA, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the same team is probably the only thing.

Remember Ray Bourque? I know Hockey has been relegated to maybe the 17th most important sport in America, neck and neck with the Spelling Bee and that show about people who break into other peoples houses for a living, but the Bruins (surprisingly) did the right thing with Bourque. Did Boston get pissed because Ray Bourque was traded? No. Every Bruins fans became an Avalanche fan for roughly two months, and should always feel indebted to Colorado for giving one of our best athletes something we never could. Is the Pierce situation the exact same? No. For one, he's black, (which, as sad as it is, IS a big deal) and two, he's just enterring his 3-4 year window when he's going to be the best player he ever will be. Am I saying trade Paul tomorrow? No. But if his contract is up at the end of the season (i think after 07-08), and the kids aren't improved to where they'll be a legitimate contender with just a little prodding, Deal him like there's no tomorrow.

I'm probably wrong, but eh.

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

You need not forget that this is a business and if the Celts decide to trade Pierce, what's going to keep the fans in the seats? As much as I would love these deals to go through it's just not plausible because of money. Money ruins sports in so many ways but it's just one of those things we have to get over. Like Johnny Damon wearing pinstripes...

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Joe Kickass said...

all this wear and tear on ai will start showing more quickly than you think et... plus what i am trying to say is that the mavs will not mortgage their future for a score first point guard who will spend his later years in a wheel chair... and yes i think philly's brass is retarded... they traded for webber didn't they?

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Boston Strangler said...

i actually love the AI trade, we get a young replacement at the point.

daniels and harris would fit in perfectly with iggy and dalembert, stack would give us nice scoring and the 1st round pick would be the cherry on top.

I doubt it happens though, billy king has huge balls, but not this huge. Although if I were him, any decent offer I get for AI, i take it. We can't win with him and he's no longer the draw he once was.


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