And ended up with this gem of a trade
Travis Outlaw SF 1 yr
Tyson Chandler C 2 yrs
New Orleans Receives
Kwame Brown C 1 yr
Tayshaun Prince SF 2 yrs
Jason Maxiell PF 3 yrs
It definitely solves the Pistons's size problem, and also offers insurance if Tyson gets injured. I really like Joel Przyzbilla. The 'Vanilla Gorilla' he's shown he can be reliable coming off the bench or starting. Travis Outlaw is young (25), a decent defender, and has proven he can be a role player. Here's a comparison of their stats from last season:
Prince: 14.2pts, 5.8reb, 3.1ast, 0.5stl, 0.6blk in 37.3 minutes a game
Outlaw: 12.8pts, 4.1reb, 1.0ast, 0.6stl, 0.7blk in 27.7 minutes a game
Excellent stats from a guy that played in only 28 mins. He also has some pretty gaudy per-36 minute numbers
16.6 pts, 5.3 rebs, 1.3 ast, .8 stl, and .9 blk
Tayshaun and Outlaw are very similar players, they'll never be the main piece on any team, but he'll be a valuable role player on a starting lineup. If Outlaw doesn't work, he only has 1 year left on his contract. In the end, because of Outlaw's age, and very similar stats I say this isn't the downgrade everyone will accuse it of being. I haven't seen much of Outlaw's defensive game, but he has a defensive rating of 109 compared to Tayshaun's 110. I understand little of this stat to be honest, but it's the only number I have to go by. Travis Outlaw has a Offensive/Defensive bias of -1.0 meaning he is more important on the defensive end. Tayshaun Prince has an Offensive/Defensive bias of -.1 meaning he is marginally more important on the defensive end. This could be a result of Chauncey leaving and Tayshaun having to take a larger role. They had a similar usage rate. (Tayshaun 19.2%, Outlaw 22%). Outlaw will be a perfect complementary player to all the scorers on the team. Tayshaun shot a better 3pt % (40%) than Outlaw (38%). But Outlaw attempted more (2.9) than Tayshaun (1.7), in nearly 10 less minutes per game.
For New Orleans
It's gotta be a tough position for New Orleans, they were really close to edging out the Nuggets, they have the next greatest thing since sliced bread in Chris Paul, and they have a team that looks like it can give teams headaches, if not contend for a 'ship. it's given this city something to cheer for. Unfortunately, the Hornets are looking to cut salary, it's a frustrating instance for any fan. How many times have you screamed at your T.V because your team traded a strong propsect for, those ugly words, cash considerations? It's tantrum-inducing. Cash considerations don't score points, they don't rebound, they don't do anything but fatten the owners pocket, so why do we want them? As much as that might frustrate you, imagine how it must be to hear the front office is actively shopping a starting center for basically nothing? Well this trade accomplishes that goal about as well as it could. They receive Kwame Brown and his 4.0 mil expiring contract for Chandler. this shaves 8.2 mil off the Hornet's payroll, successfully putting them under the luxury tax, and actually puts them under the salary cap by a couple thousand or so (If ESPN's info is accurate). Kwame Brown won't give you much. He'll rebound, kinda. He'll defend, kinda. He'll put in effort, kinda. He'll contribute on the offensive end, once in a while. He'll catch balls in traffic, never. The main motivation of this trade is money, and it accomplishes this goal excellently.
Portland has been eyeing Prince for awhile, he brings excellent leadership to a young team, and can carry a team if he needs to. When Rip was injured, it was Tayshaun that began exploding for 30 pts a game. He'll bring strong defense to Portland, and some playoff experience. Tayshaun is a straight up warrior, he's never missed a game since entering the starting lineup in 2003. He'll score, he'll take care of the ball, he'll get teammates involved, he'll rebound, and most of all he'll defend. He'll be a great glue guy for Portland, and I think he's somebody that can put them in contention.
Jason Maxiell is a nice piece to add to the Portland rotation. He's been developing consistently in Detroit since he's got here. He's a tireless worker and puts in the effort everyday to get better. He's developed a bit of a mid range jumper that he'll occasionally put up. He's been working with his back-to-the-basket game, and you can see Sheed's tutelage is getting through. He suffered last season because of Michael Curry's idiotic rotations and lost some confidence in his game, so when he did get minutes, he wasn't as efficient as he was a year ago. For that reason, we'll observe his 07-08 stats because they're a more accurate representation of what he brings to the table (he wasn't injured or anything like that in 08-09, it was all Michael Curry who would give him 30 mins one night and a DNP-CD the next.).
7.9 pts, 5.3 rebs, .6 ast, .3 stl, 1.1 blk 2.2 PF, .9 TO in 21.6 mins
His per-36 minute stats:
13.3 pts, 8.8 rebs, .9 ast, .4 stl, 1.9 blk, 3.7 PF, 1.4 TO per 36 mins
He was very effective coming off the bench for Detroit. What is most valuable about his game however, are the "momentum swingers" he brings to the table. Electrifying dunks, ferocious swats, alley oops and putbacks that nearly bring the rim down. These are underrated parts of the game that can swing a game in the other team's favor.
He's a big body (260lbs) but his height will always limit him (6'7 being generous) Despite being undersized, Maxiell is actually a very effective defender, I would rate him the best post defender on the team at this point. He is the type of player that may never be a starter, unless he has a particularly gargantuan center across from him, but he'll still be able to hold his own. He's slimmed down alot since he's came into the league, and it's result is a much higher vertical. He's able to get up and swat shots with regularity, and when he does, it's with authority. Making players not want to go into the lane again. He absolutely gave Howard fits in the 2008 finals, Charles Barkely discussed it with the rest of the ESPN crew, Sir Charles talked about how Maxiell used his lower center of gravity to his advantage and pushed Howard around. The Round Mound of Rebound actually compared the way Maxiell did this to what he did years ago.
The only reason I can see Portland declining this trade is money issues. They take back an extra 5mil in salary and none of it is expiring. If Portland declines for this reason, instead of trading Maxiell to Portland we can simply swing him to New Orleans. The money still works, but New Orleans doesn't get the same amount of cap space.
So that's it, my attempt at being a GM. If this trade happens, I'll put it on my resume accordingly. Thanks for taking the time to read all this. Feedback is greatly appreciated.