While you can ridicule ESPN for many things, we should all continue to thank them for the fantastic resource (aka “time waster”) that is the NBA Trade Machine. It isn’t always 100% accurate, but it is a lot closer than listening to someone at the bar or barber shop tell you about which trades would work and which wouldn’t.
If you read my post earlier today, you already know what this is about. If not, go read it. I’ll wait. *commence whistling*
You’re back — and that’s good. Let’s jump right into it.
The trade of Jerryd Bayless for Courtney Lee means that a few trades I had been considering are now off of the table, but it opens up the possibility of Quincy Pondexter or even *gasp* Tony Allen being traded this year or this coming summer. The news that Marc Gasol is back to working out with a knee brace on also signals that the frontcourt is about to get a tad crowded, so there could be a move made there, as well.
Trade Idea #1: Tayshaun Prince for a backup PG
Both of these trades are based on teams that have an “unneeded” player they would be willing to part with while also taking on Prince’s contract. In Charlotte, Sessions is a backup PG making $5 million for a team that is 5 games under .500 and is still the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats/Hornets will have Ben Gordon’s salary coming off of the books next year, so absorbing Prince’s deal as an expiring the following year isn’t as scary to them as it would be to other teams. In Denver, Miller is openly on the trade block after his public display of dissatisfaction with new head coach, Brian Shaw. The Nuggets might not be willing to take on Prince’s salary considering they are sitting near $70 million in salary for next year, but there isn’t a huge market for an annoyed soon-to-be 38-year-old PG either.
Trade Idea #2: Clear up the logjams while adding talent
Option A: Grizzlies trade Prince, Ed Davis and a future 2nd round pick to Atlanta for Kyle Korver and Lou Williams
Option B: Grizzlies trade Prince and Pondexter to Detroit for Rodney Stuckey and Luigi Datome
Option C: Grizzlies trade Prince and Davis to Philadelphia for Thaddeus Young
Option D: Grizzlies trade Prince and Pondexter to Washington for Trevor Ariza and Eric Maynor
Option E: Grizzlies trade Prince and Tony Allen to Denver for Wilson Chandler and Andre Miller
Option F: Grizzlies trade Kosta Koufos to New Orleans for Pierre Jackson and Austin Rivers
Option A is one where you have to ask, “Who blinks first?” Most people would say Atlanta, but I’m not so sure given their loss of Al Horford for the season. The Hawks picking up Ed Davis helps fill that void pretty nicely and, while Korver is a great shooter, he’s a 32-year-old with 3 years left on his contract after this season. Option B is just a matter of “my loose parts for yours”, which also has the bonus of sending Prince back “home”. Option C sees Philly sending their tweener forward back to the Bluff City where he can slide down to SF for a legit PF in Ed Davis. Options D and E supply the Grizzlies with upgrades at SF and backup PG, while Option F brings in a promising young PG in Jackson.
Trade Idea #3: A big move
Option A: Grizzlies trade Zach Randolph, Prince, and Nick Calathes to Chicago for Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and Kirk Hinrich
Option B: Grizzlies trade Randolph and Miller to Brooklyn for Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko
Option C: Grizzlies trade Randolph to Charlotte for Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions (salary dump)
Option D: Grizzlies trade Randolph and Pondexter to Philadelphia for Thad Young, Evan Turner, and Lavoy Allen
Option E: Grizzlies trade Prince, Koufos, and Pondexter (or Allen) to Indiana for Danny Granger
All of these are based on the idea of moving a big piece, featuring Zach Randolph in the first four, while bringing in a big upgrade at SF in the final one in Danny Granger. Options B and C basically throw this season into the tank, as the other three could see the team still compete for a playoff spot in the very tough Western Conference.