What if Joe D could do-over the last couple years? Start the New Year fresh.. with a blockbuster trade that would set the basketball world spiraling back to how it should be.. I think.
Players: Detroit, New York, Houston, IndianaDetroit Gets:
New York Gets:
2011 2nd round pick from New York
2013 2nd round pick from New York
Indiana Pacers Get:
2010 protected 1st round pick from New York
2011 protected 1st round pick from Detroit
Why Detroit would do it:
Some people in Detroit believe in Championship by Committee. I believe in Championship by Star-Player. Danny Granger is a budding top 5 NBA player. For Detroit, this is the biggest piece of the puzzle. Then you look at Jordan Hill, who's done nothing thus far, but still has great "potential". Hill would basically become Joe's 2010 first round pick.
Now for the appeasing. In order for Detroit to grab Granger and Hill, Joe has to take on the salaries of Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries. Yeah they suck, but their contracts only last another 1.5 years.
If everything went to shit for Detroit, in the summer of 2011, they would only have $32.4 mil committed to 4 players: Stuckey, Hamilton, Granger, and Maxiell.
Or, even if all didn't go to hell, Joe could try to flip all that expiring paper before the deadline next year.
A depth chart would look like so:
Simple. They get tons of cap space, thus tons of attention until summer. Plus, they get it in the way of T-Mac/ticket sales. Oh yeah, and Nate Robinson is taken off their hands...Why Houston would do it:
They flip T-Mac into talent. Yeah, it's not the star they could "potentially" get if they held on to his expiring contract, but it is a breadth of young talent. It gives them a chance to win Now. This Year. David Lee will fill in Yao's spot for the year and be gone by early July. Perfect so long Yao can come back next season.Why Indiana would do it:
This one is a little trickier. The main reason is taxes. Indiana is projected to be over the tax line next year with a non-playoff team and no real identity. So how could you convince Larry to start over? How about a young Gallinari with lots of "potential" + another white guy with some talent + a nationally adored guy that got benched for no reason in NYC. Throw in 2 first round picks, protected in some way -probably top 3, and Larry has a great foundation for rebuilding. Indiana will have cap space either way for the 2011 summer, but it is probably easiest for the Pacers to take talent via trades and draft than lure a top flight free agent to come there.