Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Mark Blount Saga

Where will this bozo end up?

I was shocked when a reader seemed annoyed last night that I hadn’t posted anything on the “imminent” Mark Blount trade. I didn’t realize how dear Stone Hands is to all of you, sorry. Here’s how it breaks out: there are four teams talking to Danny Ainge at this point, Minnesota, Memphis, Cleveland, and Denver (in that order of seriousness). This is what appears to be on the table:

From Minnesota: C Michael Olowokandi (24.0 min, 6.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 45.5 FG%)

--I’m not quite sure why the Wolves would want to do this seeing that Blount still has 5 years and $33 million remaining on his contract which includes a 15% trade kicker. To add to it, Kandi Man’s deal expires after this season…With Minnesota heading into Boston tonight, don’t be surprised if the players are swapped before the opening tip. Man, Kevin McHale is slowly slipping past Rob Babcock on the Isiah Thomas scale…

From Memphis: C Lorenzen Wright (24.8 min, 5.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 41.1 FG%)

--This is another deal that boggles my mind. Why would Jerry West want to give up an expiring contract for another big man who can’t rebound? Wouldn’t this be like trading your 2002 Kia for a 2002 Kia and giving the guy an extra $10,000? Something tells me Marcus Banks would have to included.

From Cleveland: F Drew Gooden (28.4 min, 11.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG) and PG Damon Jones (25.1 min, 7.4 PPG, 37.1 FG%)

--The Cavs would take back both Blount and Banks in this deal and free up more playing time for Anderson Varejao (fresh off the injured list). The Celtics get a PG who simply launches 3’s all game and a PF who has the I.Q. of a mealworm. Checking out a poll on this morning, most of the readers were partial to this deal (out of these 4) for some reason. Why would you want to add another gunner and a PF to impede the growth of Al Jefferson? Plus it doesn’t help the team financially at all, and that should certainly be the goal in ridding themselves of Blount.

From Denver: Earl Watson? (21.6 min, 8.5 PPG, 3.3 APG, 45.6 FG%)

--As much as I think Watson would be perfect for the Celtics, why mess with Delonte West’s progression? The only way this would work is if Boston expanded the deal to include Ricky Davis and then Doc Rivers could play West more at the 2. But again, why try and fix something that isn’t broken?

Oh yeah, Mark Blount: 29.3 min, 13.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.2 TO, 51.1 FG%


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