Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Five Realistic Deadline Deals

BG heading west?

With the trade deadline just over 24 hours away, I thought it best to show up these fools at ESPN and provide a handful of realistic deadline swaps. Those not included are: Steve Francis, Paul Pierce, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, and Adam Chubb. If you were looking for any proposals involving those players, I suggest you go pull up Chris Sheridan's blog. Enjoy...


Atlanta Trades
F Al Harrington
SG Donta Smith

Houston Trades
SG David Wesley
SG Derek Anderson
PG Luther Head
2006 1st Round Pick

Why Atlanta does it:
At this point, why not just let Harrington go? With Josh Smith and Marvin Williams as the forwards of the future, re-signing Al to a lucrative deal this summer simply makes no sense. Thus, if the team can get back a potential lottery pick (Houston is currently 13th in the West), a quality young PG (Head), and an expiring contract (Wesley) all for a player who will be gone after this season anyway, then why the heck not?

Why Houston does it:
Despite owning that 13th seed, the Rockets remain just 4.5 games back of the Lakers for the 8th and final Playoff spot. To add to it, the team has been on a roll by winning 7 of their last 9, and Yao and McGrady seem poised for huge second halves. The problem is, say they somehow sneak into the postseason as a 7th or 8th seed, would they really have a chance of downing the Spurs, Mavs, or Suns in the 1st round? Probably not. So why not push all the chips to the center and make an acquisition that could net a 5 or 6 seed instead? After all, throwing Harrington into the mix might end up being enough to get past one of those aforementioned teams.


Charlotte Trades
PG Brevin Knight
F Bernard Robinson

Philadelphia Trades
SF Kyle Korver
SG John Salmons

Why Charlotte does it:
At this point, Raymond Felton appears more than capable of leading this team into the future. That being the case, it makes the veteran Knight expendable. So what does this team need more than anything? That’s right, shooting. And how many guys can light it up as well as Korver? Not many. Plus the ‘Cats get the underused Salmons, who could turn out to be a pretty decent throw in.

Why Philadelphia does it:
At this point in his career, if they’re not going to trade Iverson, they have to do something to limit his wear and tear. My solution is to move him to the 2, let Knight run the show, and see what happens from there. Then AI can focus primarily on scoring and perhaps Knight will be able to get the most out of thus underachieving squad. Seems worth the gamble to me…


Utah Trades
PF Carlos Boozer

LA Lakers Trade
F/C Kwame Brown
F Stanislav Medvedenko
SG Devin Green

Why Utah does it:
By now, the only person in Utah who still likes Boozer is the stylist who perms his chest hair. He needs a change of scenery, and bad. Acquiring whatever’s left of Brown’s potential as well as the expiring contract of Medvedenko seems like an even exchange.

Why Los Angeles does it:
I told myself before the season started that by the All-Star break we would know for sure if Kwame was fitting in. Well, here we are and no he isn’t. He couldn’t live up to the pressure in D.C., what did we think would happen in Los Angeles? So the Lakers could do one of two things, 1) keep him and hope he one day evolves into a 12 and 10 type of player, or B) trade him now why he still has some value left. I think it’s a safe bet that Phil would prefer the latter. Oh yeah, and Boozer could take some of the rebounding pressure off Odom and allow the SF to focus primarily on complimenting Kobe on the offensive end.


Denver Trades
PG Earl Watson
F DerMarr Johnson

New York Trades
G Jamal Crawford

Why Denver does it:
I firmly believe that Denver’s best bet in advancing deep into the Playoffs is to load up on offense. It will then allow them to keep pace with Phoenix and Dallas and also force a player like Manu Ginobili to play hard on both ends by guarding Crawford rather than Greg Buckner. Thus, if ‘Melo has one of his disappearing acts against a Bruce Bowen or Raja Bell, perhaps JC can pick up the slack.

Why New York does it:
Is there anyone besides Isiah who thinks that pairing Steve Francis with Marbury in the same backcourt is a good idea? (Sound of crickets chirping) Well, how about if they acquired Watson instead and moved Steph over to the 2? Wouldn’t that be a wiser (and less expensive) gamble? Plus they’d be ridding themselves of Crawford who clearly doesn’t mesh well with this Marbury-led offense. C’mon Isiah, make the smarter/safer deal for once in your life.

Note: Apparently my theory is starting to spread...

TRADE #5: The Monster

Chicago Trades
SG Ben Gordon
SF Tim Thomas
SF Eric Piatkowski

Chicago Receives
SG Ray Allen
SF Ruben Paterson
C Joel Przybilla

Golden State Trades
SF Mike Dunleavy
PG Derek Fisher
F/C Andris Biedrins

Golden State Receives
F/C Theo Ratliff
PF Reggie Evans

Seattle Trades
SG Ray Allen
PF Reggie Evans

Seattle Receives
SG Ben Gordon
SF Mike Dunleavy
G Juan Dixon
SF Eric Piatkowski

Portland Trades
F/C Theo Ratliff
SF Ruben Patterson
C Joel Przybilla
G Juan Dixon

Portland Receives
SF Tim Thomas
PG Derek Fisher
F/C Andris Biedrins

Why Chicago does it:
It’s pretty clear that this team needs a shakeup. And while trading Gordon may be a huge risk, getting back the sharp-shooting and veteran savvy Allen is well worth it. Plus, in acquiring Przybilla, Tyson Chandler can slide back to the 4 where he’s much more efficient. Lastly, the Bulls would add Patterson, a guy that will provide much-needed toughness to the bench. More leadership, rebounding, and grit could sneak this team past Milwaukee and Indiana in the race for the 5 seed.

Why Golden State does it:
Obviously Dunleavy and Foyle just aren’t going to cut it. And if this team still has any chance at the Playoffs, they have no choice but to make a significant move and this certainly qualifies. And while taking on Ratliff’s inflated contract isn’t a priority, getting back the center they dreadfully need is. Plus, the Warriors get Evans, a guy who can also help out the worn down Troy Murphy on the glass. In addition to drastically fortifying their frontcourt, trading away Dunleavy allows Mickael Pietrus to maintain his 35 minutes a night, two improvements that could nudge this team into the Playoff hunt.

Why Seattle does it:
I think it’s time for this team to completely revamp to the rebuilding process. Lewis is only 26, Ridnour 25, Collison 25, Swift 20, Petro 20, and Wilcox 23. So in adding Gordon (22), Dunleavy (25), and Dixon (27) for the 30 year-old Allen, it brings them further along in that transition. Plus, they eliminate Allen’s massive contract and the unhappy Evans, as well as allowing the team to maintain it’s 3-point friendly offense.

Why Portland does it:
Hmm, let’s see they eliminate Ratliff’s huge contract for Thomas’s expiring one. They bring in a veteran point guard to help with Sebastian Telfair’s brutal maturation process, and they get a quality young center to throw to the fire. All that for two guys that probably wouldn’t factor into the future anyway. Plus with all the cap space they clear, they can go after a big time free agent this summer.


At 3:43 PM, Blogger BasketMan said...

"Is there anyone besides Isiah who thinks that pairing Steve Francis with Marbury in the same backcourt is a good idea? (Sound of crickets chirping)..."

That my friend is a priceless quote...

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Why thank you BasketMan

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff!

One question though, would the players Chicago recieves solve the problem of frontcourt scoring? Przybilla is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker, but he won't command a double team, and with Ray-Ray there, the Bulls will become even more reliant on perimeter shooting.

Magloire, perhaps?


At 7:09 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Or perhaps Chandler would remove his gertle and start putting up some points. Sounds like a plan to me. Plus, they have Sweetney and Songalia off the bench, two above average scorers for their position. Thanks for writing in.

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous ET said...

While adding Brevin Knight may help with the Sixers' offensive flow, I can't see it being an upgrade on the team, mostly because the team's greatest weakness is defense and rebounding. I'm unclear on how Bernard Robinson could help in that category, but Brevin Knight can't guard the bigger SGs of the league (neither can Iverson) and he sure as hell ain't gonna rebound either. Philly needs a BIG point guard to compensate for Iverson's shortcomings (no pun intended) ... if Marko Jaric was any better I'd say go for him but seeing how he's riding the pine in Minnesota ...

I like the Den-NY trade, but it makes too much sense for Isaiah Thomas to pull off. Actually SAVE money? Not in Thomas' world.

At 1:05 AM, Blogger "rem" said...

omfg thats one hell of a (nice, must've been time consuming) monster!

But you could've thrown Memphis in there too.


At 8:48 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

ET, excellent points and perhaps you're right. But I would argue that in today's NBA that stress on tough defense and outrebounding your opponent are almost weighed upon too heavily. Look at Phoenix, they are in the bottom 6 in both opponents' PPG and rebounding differential and yet they've solidified the 2 seed out West. So I guess my question is, why couldn't Philly run an uptempo offense like the Suns and just kill everyone on the fastbreak? Knight is certainly capable, as are AI and AI2. Webber might pose some concern, but he's been playing extremely well all year. And I think Dalembert would be perfect for that type of offense. Hey, it's worth a shot, especially now that AI is in his 30s. He's not getting any younger...

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why on Earth would the Warriors participate in that "Monster" trade proposal of yours? You think they'd want to get rid of Dunleavy and, more importantly, Andris Biedrins just to get a couple of veteran big men? I doubt it! Biedrins is one of their center-pieces for the future and they are very high on him. No way they'd make that deal.

Also, although Ray Allen is a better player than Ben Gordon, I don't see Paxson moving basically a young version of Ray Allen for the real deal himself.

Mind you, in comparison to your ranking of Marvin Williams so high in your draft article the other day, the above two trades look like genius.

WillC (not Will Shu or whatever his name is)

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Will C.-
Actually yes, I think the Warriors do want to get rid of Dunleavy. They are going to start paying him that ridiculous contract next season when in reality, he's probably only worth half of it. So if shipping Biedrins off (how good do you really think he'll be?) is what it takes to rid themselves of MD Jr.'s huge salary, I think it's well worth it. Plus, in adding Evans and Ratliff, they give themselves a much better shot at the Playoffs this season and next. With the frontcourt they pose right now, I don't see that happening until they add another big man or 2. The counter argument to that would be, why pay Ratliff the big bucks and not a younger guy like Dunleavy. Well, like I say above, GS already has Pietrus and would be much better suited with Ratliff in the middle than Foyle.

As for your Ray Allen and Ben Gordon comparison, you left one enormous factor out: 4 inches. Allen is 6-5, a height that easily allows for him to excel at his position. Gordon is 6-1, and when guarded by a taller and just as quick defender, he struggles mightily. To add to it, Allen is a perennial All-Star whereas I highly doubt we'll be able to say the same for Gordon. Remember that I live in Connecticut and follow UConn basketball religiously. I've watched both players since the beginning of their college careers and thus, can almost guarentee that BG will never reach the same level as Ray Ray.

In returning to the site, if you ever feel the urge to post a comment again, try not to strictly bash others' opinions and actually offer some constructive criticism. And don't worry about anyone confusing you with Will Shu because he's not a dick.


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