Seven deals that should happen (Raptor Content)
Old 02-20-2008, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
convinced that Raptors fans are only happy when they're unhappy.

Retired Administrator
Dr. J. Naismith's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Almonte
Posts: 12,770
Default Seven deals that should happen (Raptor Content)

Hmm ... this Pietrus to Toronto is really gaining some stream right now.

Anyhow, check out the other 6 deals they think should happen.

Originally Posted by The Sporting News
1. Artest to Denver

The Sacramento Kings should trade Ron Artest to the Denver Nuggets for Linas Kleiza, Eduardo Najera and a draft pick. I know the cons here: The combination of Artest, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

But A.I. didn't come to Denver to tread water in the middle of the playoff pack; he wants a ring. The Nuggets' rehabbed-thug identity is set, and Artest fits perfectly into that image.

Artest would make the Nuggets scary on both ends of the floor (and in more ways than one), a Golden State-esque wild card but with 10 times the talent.

2. Miller, Lowry to Cleveland

The Memphis Grizzlies should trade Mike Miller and Kyle Lowry to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ira Newble and Eric Snow. The rebuilding Grizz have no need for Miller, and Lowry's the odd man out in a three-headed young point guard feud.

Newble's contract comes off the books this summer, and -- in the kind of perfectly poetic twist of fate that makes me smile -- Snow and Aaron McKie, former Sixers stalwarts, can hang around and player-coach together. McKie's $6 million annual contract disappears the following summer.

Sadly, the Cavs have to work with the Larry Hughes problem because his contract does not expire until after the 2009-2010 season, as does LeBron James'. A trade for Miller and Lowry would put the Cavs into serious luxury tax territory, but it also would allow the team to re-up on talent and maybe even avoid firing anyone important -- coach Mike Brown or GM Danny Ferry.

3. Kurt Thomas to Orlando

The Seattle SuperSonics should trade Kurt Thomas to the Orlando Magic for Keyon Dooling, James Augustine and Pat Garrity. Thomas has been a trooper in Seattle, and Ol' Crazy Eyes is currently standing in the way of all those unproven big men like Robert Swift and Johan Petro.

This trade would open up minutes for the kids and would allow Thomas one last shot at a ring and the Sonics to keep what they crave most -- a strip-mined roster full of expiring contracts (and more cap room than Thomas alone would provide).

Why this trade matters? Pairing Thomas with Dwight Howard, aka Young Thunder, could have major, major playoff implications. Remember, Thomas is a guy who can defend Tim Duncan.

4. Jermaine O'Neal to Chicago

The Indiana Pacers should trade Jermaine O'Neal to the Chicago Bulls for Ben Gordon and Ben Wallace. This is not the most obvious deal, so work with me. O'Neal no longer is a franchise player but sits on the Pacers' roster like he is. Gordon and the Bulls never have seen eye-to-eye on his worth, and he is a free agent this summer. Wallace has done nothing for Chicago.

So what we have here is a classic change-of-scenery trade: O'Neal would head to Chicago, where he could contribute some low-post scoring. Then next year, he would become an extremely tradable asset. Wallace is basically useless with the Bulls and is holding back a certain zany-haired rookie with a similar modus operandi. Gordon in Indiana, well, could fire away and audition for a big contract -- he is to become a restricted free agent, so if the Pacers love him they could get the first go at him.

One catch: As Matt Watson just pointed out, Wallace did start The Brawl, effectively ending the Pacers' days of contention. However, Artest and Stephen Jackson were far more at fault and long since have been shipped out of Indianapolis, so Wallace's role in the melee probably is a distant memory.

5. Pietrus to Toronto

The Golden State Warriors should trade Mickael Pietrus and Austin Croshere to the Toronto Raptors for Juan Dixon and Joey Graham. This possible trade was first posed by my former associates at FanHouse.

It's pretty hard to argue with this logic, though. Both Pietrus and Dixon are unhappy and as good as gone come the offseason. The Raptors could use the player we've always suspected Pietrus might be -- an athletic defender with a slasher's mentality on offense.

Dixon, well, he can sort of play point guard and can jack up 3-pointers, which makes him what Troy Hudson was supposed to be. The best part of all this? Everyone's contract expires this summer, except for Graham, whose is up next year. It's a low-risk, why-the-hell-not deal that just might help both teams.

6. Nobody to Boston

The Boston Celtics badly need point guard help but lack the ammunition to make a run at the Clippers' Sam Cassell. Instead, they'll go the imaginative route and build a magical point guard out of socks and glue.

7. Ricky Davis to San Antonio

The Miami Heat should trade Ricky Davis to the San Antonio Spurs for Brent Barry. I know Barry has on occasion cropped up to help the Spurs' intermittent dynasty. And yes, Davis never really has stuck as a quality, committed NBA player. But remember, Stephen Jackson was central to the Spurs' 2003 title. San Antonio officials almost traded Barry for J.R. Smith at one point, proving they're not afraid to bring in players with issues.

Now that we've gotten past that: This trade makes sense for both teams. With that arms race in the Western Conference, the Spurs could use another weapon -- and Davis, for all his foibles, is most definitely still a weapon. He is more versatile than most NBA analysts acknowledge and can pass and rebound when not single-mindedly focused on buckets-gettin' (remember that triple-double?).

Miami has marginalized Davis. Wade and Dorell Wright keep Davis out of the starting lineup, and when Udonis Haslem is back, Shawn Marion slides to the three and really keeps Davis down. So why not trade for Barry, a veteran who can be a marksman, a playmaker or whatever a team needs around the margins.

Put simply, the Spurs need a presence and the Heat need less of one. Oh, and both contracts expire this summer. So if it doesn't work out, who cares?
Source - Click here
Dr. J. Naismith is offline   Boss Key Wife Key
Old 02-20-2008, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
landry fields forever

Acie's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Living in a van down by the river
Posts: 19,088

Croshere too. Yay another white guy.
Acie is offline   Boss Key Wife Key
Old 02-20-2008, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
Gam zeh ya'avor

The Gatekeeper
MikeToronto's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,073

And another international player...
MikeToronto is offline   Boss Key Wife Key
Old 02-20-2008, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
is pounding the rock!

Tommy2Tymes's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Posts: 403

wow, 4 hours since this was posted and now 2 trades are already de-bunked with the Thomas to SA deal going down.
Tommy2Tymes is offline   Boss Key Wife Key
Old 02-20-2008, 07:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
a paranoid android

My name is Iņigo Montoya
Belsius's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 8,602

yep, lets hope the Pietrus to To doesnt die.
Belsius is offline   Boss Key Wife Key

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grange: BC making deals to add assets jeffb Toronto Raptors 7 07-08-2009 09:37 PM
RealGM: Gordon, Villanueva Moving Towards Deals With Detroit CommunistCrunch NBA Talk 2 07-01-2009 01:45 PM
Ford: Five Deals That Should Happen bartdudeman Toronto Raptors 86 02-20-2009 04:05 PM
Raptors Open to Making Deals Alvin_Williams_Rox Toronto Raptors 8 12-07-2008 12:34 PM
Moon: Content or Lazy? Dr. J. Naismith Toronto Raptors 10 09-29-2008 04:24 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2005-2011

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24