ESPN Insider has noted that Al Jefferson may be on the trading block in Minnesota. While no outside sources confirm this, ESPN said, "there's word Al Jefferson may be on the trading block, as there are questions about where he fits into new coach Kurt Rambis' triangle offense and with fellow big-man Kevin Love."
Obviously, there are few if any players in the league that could instantly solve Detroit's roster problems like Jefferson could. What could Detroit do to potentially bring Big Al to the Pistons?
- Al Jefferson
- Ramon Sessions
The trade works financially, and both teams would benefit from such a transaction. If Minnesota is truly concerned about the duality of Al Jefferson and Kevin Love, they could use Big Al to bring in help in their most needed areas-- the 2 and 3 wing positions. Johnny Flynn is not quite ready to take over the point for Minny, and while Stuckey is not remotely a pass-first point guard, he can help Flynn while playing off the ball at the 2 (we all remember how well Stuckey played next to Atkins for that stretch of wins last month). Furthermore, Stuckey at the 2 works in Minny as Flynn is a capable three-point thread, but not as skilled at driving to the basket.
Beyond that, Minneapolis needs a veteran, glue-guy defender who can step in and captain their team. While Prince would not be an immediate captain, he brings everything Minny would need in that regard. Veteran leadership, staunch defense (better suited to the WC anyway) and wing play that would immediately improve their roster.
Where would this put Corey Brewer? He'd likely stick at the SF as a starter, with Prince as a super-sub sixth man, but Rambis could swap that around if need be.
Kwame Brown is thrown in as an expiring contract to give Minny even more money to play with this season and next.
Obviously, Detroit gets the stud, scoring low-post threat it needs at the 5. Next to Hamilton and Gordon, the Pistons would get one of the league's most under-rated pass-first point guards in Ramon Sessions.
Sure, it could very well be nothing more than a rumor that Minneapolis is putting Jefferson on the block. Funny enough, however, Detroit is overloaded in the positions where the Wolves are thin. Should Minny be looking to Tango, Detroit may be the perfect dance partner.